Sep
22
2011
Tidbits: The Curious Case of Chez Reavie’s Fall Schedule
By Stephanie Wei under FedEx Cup

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Just a fun nugget…Chez Reavie is playing this week’s Tour Championship. He’s currently No. 8 in FedExCup points and 30th on the PGA Tour money list with earnings of $2,152,267 (which is actually more than his $2,034862 Tour career earnings from ’08-’10).

But get this: Reavie can’t play in the Fall Series events — other than the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open because he finished in the top ten at the last regular season event, the Wyndham Championship (if you top ten and you’re not already in the field for the following tournament, you get a spot). 

How does that make any sense? Well, it’s actually kind of a funny situation (not his injury).

Reavie tore his meniscus last year at the Bob Hope Classic, but didn’t know and kept playing until he finally got an MRI. He also tore the ACL in his right knee from an injury dating back to high school. He took a major medical and had surgery on June 1, 2010. Over the next seven months, Reavie worked hard rehabbing his knee, but after an injury, there are always doubts on whether you can come back and compete.

For Reavie, he wasn’t sure if he could even walk 18. “From June to December, I was just learning how to walk again — and walk 18 holes,” said Reavie on Wednesday. “We knew I could but we didn’t know how fast I’d recover.”

Reavie returned in the 2011 season playing on a major medical exemption, No. 21 on the priority list. He had 13 tournaments to make $673,983 (amount he made last year before taking his medical subtracted from amount No. 125 made on money list last year), but he came up short, so his status dropped to non-exempt major medical, which is No. 28 on the priority list.

What does that mean? There are guys in 27 categories who get first dibs into filling a field before Chez. Players with better status are obviously in the lower-numbered categories. So, the further down the list you are, the less chance you have of getting into a tournament. Reavie’s category, non-exempt major medical, means that players who have won majors, ranked in the top-whatever in the world, finished in the top-125 on the money list, already have their cards and Q-school and Nationwide Tour grads have priority to get into an event. If players with better status decide not to play a tournament, then they’ll keep going down the list of categories until they reach the field limit.

For the Fall Series, the fields will likely be filled before they reach Reavie’s category.

Asked if he thought his situation was amusing, he agreed.

“Yeah, I found a loophole in the rules, unfortunately for the Tour — they try to think of everything, but they can’t think of everything,” said Reavie.

He’s also playing CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia and the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in China, but he can’t get into the Frys.com Open field!

Obviously, he’s locked up his card for next year and since he’s likely to finish in the top 30 on the money list, he’ll have no problem playing any event he desires.

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Reavie played his college golf at Arizona State University, as did Phil Mickelson. The two went to the ASU vs. Illinois football game last week at the BMW Championship and Phil invited Reavie to join the match he had set up with Dustin Johnson and Keegan Bradley.

“We had a good time,” said Reavie on Wednesday. “We ended up halving the match so it was a fun day.”

How did they decide the teams?

“We threw balls on the first tee and the two balls closest to each other were on the teams,” said Reavie, who ended up with Dustin Johnson.

Phil and Keegan were 2-up going into 17, so Reavie and Dustin pressed. Dustin bombed his drive about 30 yards in front of the other three players and knocked his approach to about three feet, which was conceded for birdie. Phil missed roughly a 15-footer for birdie, so the match was halved.

Keegan rolled in eight birdies during the round. While Phil had a few, too, Keegan carried him a tad.

I put Keegan in my Fantasy Golf lineup because of yesterday. I guess I should have posted this information before the tournament started, huh? My bad!

(AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)