Reavie dials up three long range eagles
January 11, 2019
By Ben Everill, PGATOUR.COM
Chez Reavie interview after Round 2 of Sony
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Chez Reavie has entered the PGA TOUR record books during the second round of the Sony Open in Hawaii thanks to three hole-out eagles from over 100-yards.
Reavie – the former RBC Canadian Open winner – became the first person since hole-by-hole scoring was introduced in 1983 to have three eagles on par-4s in one round.
He was also the first person since ShotLink technology was introduced in 2003 to make three eagle hole-outs from over 100 yards in one round.
Reavie opened his round by holing out from 101 yards with a sand wedge on the par-4 10th hole.
Six holes later – on the par-4 16th – he navigated a nine-iron into the hole from 149 yards.
At that point he had joined Blake Adams (2010 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, 3rd round) as the only players with two hole-out eagles from over 100 yards in the same round (ShotLink courses) on par-4s.
But Reavie wasn’t done.
Staring at 135 yards with his gap wedge on the par-4 sixth the 37-year-old nailed his third eagle.
“I was trying to think back to any round I even had more than one hole-out and I couldn't think of any,” Reavie said after signing for a 5-under 65 that leaves him 10 under for the week and four off the pace.
The diminutive Kansas native who resides in Arizona didn’t seem to fully grasp his accomplishment as he was focused on trying to hunt down leader Matt Kuchar.
“Honestly, I didn't think about it at all until after the third one went in,” Reavie added.
“Before the other two I just hit the shot and I was trying to see if it was going at the hole. Never expected it to go in. It's always a surprise when I it disappears.”
Reavie actually had chances for further hole out eagles on his last two holes.
His approach from 138 yards on the par-4 8th was tracking before pulling up at six-feet. He also barely missed a bunker shot on the par-5 9th, his final hole of the round.
“I got it in the fairway on eight and hit a pitching wedge; it was on a good line, and that was the only time it crossed my mind before the ball went in the hole,” he added.
“Wow, could we make another one?”
Playing partner Michael Thompson figured anything could happen from that point.
“That was pretty amazing. The first one was great, the second one was “wow that’s cool” and the third one was “are you kidding me?” Thompson said.
“It was pretty amazing to watch. That’s probably a once in a lifetime experience to be in a group and see a guy do that let alone do it yourself. It’s really really rare so it’s pretty cool to see.”
When the third ball disappeared the caddies in the group took off their hats and threw them at Reavie to symbolize the hat-trick.
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Matt Kuchar ended his trophy drought of 116 starts earlier this season at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. After back-to-back 63s to start the Sony Open in Hawaii it looks like his career renaissance is in full force.
Jordan Spieth opened with a 3-over 73 but fought back to miss the cut by one shot. Despite the disappointing result Spieth is optimistic that his game is closer than people might think.
Stewart Cink needed just 24 putts en route to an 8-under 62 on Friday. His stellar play on the greens has him at 10 under and within shouting distance of 36-hole leader Matt Kuchar.
Only two years ago Reavie looked like he could destroy PGA TOUR scoring records when he made the turn in 7-under 28 at Waialae Country Club in the final round.
While Justin Thomas had shot 59 in the opening round of the tournament, Reavie was thinking he could beat Jim Furyk’s TOUR record 58 especially after he made birdies on the 2nd and 3rd holes (his 11th and 12th) to sit 9-under with six to play on the par-70 course.
He had an eagle hole out that day also – courtesy of an ace on the 17th hole with a 6-iron from 189 yards.
But ultimately he settled for a 9-under 61.
When he won in Canada in 2008 he holed out for eagle on the 13th hole Sunday.
Reavie gave the ball used for the first two eagles on Friday to a fan after he made a bogey on the par-4 first at the turn.
He gave the other to a volunteer.
He acknowledged he might further appreciate it all in the future but at the time didn’t see it as overly significant.
“I need to go buy a lottery ticket today I think,” he joked.
“Obviously it's unusual, but I'm still whatever, three, four, back of Kuch.
“We are just trying to make as many birdies, eagles, anything red; hole in ones, as we can (to catch him).”
Reavie is currently 44th in the FedExCup with a T7 at THE CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES his best result so far this season.