By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. -- Chez Reavie has been here, done this. All year, in fact.
The Arizona State product has spent the better part of the 2011 season playing on a major medical exemption after having reconstructive surgery on his right knee a year ago in June. He had 12 starts to earn just over $673,000 and match the man who finished 125th on the money list last year -- which would have made Reavie fully exempt for the rest of the year.
He didn't make it but Reavie has played the rest of the season out of the 126-150 category on the money list. He says it seemed like every couple of weeks he had another deadline -- which is not unlike the situation everyone faces in the PGA TOUR Playoffs for the FedExCup.
"So it's more of the same for me this year," Reavie said. "I might be the only guy in the field who's used to not knowing if I'm in next week."
Of course, Reavie is on the verge of all-but guaranteeing his spot at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola with another good round at TPC Boston. He'll start the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship one shot off the lead after a 68 on Sunday moved him to 10 under.
Reavie entered the second Playoffs event ranked 87th in the FedExCup and needing to move into the top 70 to make the field for the BMW Championship in two weeks. He's currently projected 27th with one more important round remaining.
"I'm going to play tomorrow the way I've played all year,'
Reavie said. "I'm just going to go play. At the beginning of the
year when I had the 12 events and I had to make a certain amount, I
was thinking a lot about how much money I had made and how much
money I needed, and then it just wasn't working. I wasn't playing
well. I was stressed out.
"So it got me into this state of mind to just go play golf, and I'll finish where I finish."