September 5 2011
NORTON, Mass. -- Chez Reavie’s first bogey in 30 holes was a costly one, as it cost him the win in regulation at the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Reavie bogeyed the par-5 18th and dropped to 15 under to fall into a playoff with Webb Simpson. Simpson shot a 6-under 65 on Sunday and Reavie shot a 66.
Simpson, playing three groups ahead of Reavie, made a birdie putt of 26 feet, 7 inches for birdie on the 72nd hole to get to 15 under.
The playoff will start on the 18th, then go to the 17th and back to the 18th if necessary.
Reavie had been flawless all round, and several long putts on the back nine put him in position to win his second TOUR event.
On the final hole, he laid up with his second shot after finding the rough with his tee shot. But he airmailed his third shot over the green. After getting relief from the stands, he couldn’t get up-and-down to save par.
Reavie’s par putt from 11 feet, 2 inches just slid by the hole.
Both players are seeking their second career PGA TOUR wins. Reavie’s lone win came at the 2008 RBC Canadian Open, while Simpson broke through with his first TOUR win just two weeks ago at the Wyndham Championship.
Should Webb Simpson win the playoff, he would move to No. 1 in the FedExCup points standings. Simpson started the week fourth in the standings.
Should Chez Reavie win, he would move to No. 4 in the standings. He started the week outside the top 70 bubble at No. 87.
Chez Reavie has never been in a playoff in his PGA TOUR career.
Webb Simpson has been in one – earlier this year at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans when he lost to Bubba Watson.