Reavie Ends 11 Year Drought, Wins Travelers PDF Print E-mail


Chez Reavie shows off the hardware after winning the Travelers.

Cromwell, CT - After 54 holes, Chez Reavie led by six strokes entering

Sunday's final round at TPC River Highlands - but no lead is safe on the

PGA Tour. As if trying to overcome an 11 year winless drought isn't tough

enough, Reavie also had a red-hot Keegan Bradley playing beside him with

a partisan New England gallery spurring on the native son of Vermont.


Bradley came out the blocks fast, making birdies on the third and fourth,

while Reavie was steady early on, playing the front 9 in even par. After a

bogey by Bradley on the 7th, Reavie seemed poised to cruise in - still

leading by 5 at the turn. Feeling the urgency, Bradley lit the course up to

start the inward side, making hay at the 10th, 11th, 13th and 15th holes.


Down the stretch with the lead down to one, both players made par on

the par 3 sixteenth. Facing the difficult tee shot on the 400 yard par 4

17th, Reavie piped his down the left center, while Bradley found the

fairway bunker. Keegan's shot from the sand flew the green leaving a

tough up and down attempt. Meanwhile, Reavie's 150 yard approach

made landing over the water to within a makeable 14 feet away.

Bradley chipped to 17 feet, and made a mess from there, a costly 3

putt. Reavie made his birdie, and just like that the drama was over.

The drought that lasted since his last tour win in 2008 was finally over,

Reavie strolled down the final hole making par for a final round 69

(17 under par) and closed out Bradley (67) and Zach Sucher (67)

who tied for 2nd at 13 under par.


"I think I was more nervous this morning just sitting in the hotel room

with my mind wandering, just going thru the round," Reavie said. "The

different possibilities and stuff, but once I got out there and started

warming up on the range, I was very comfortable. Once we got playing

it kinda went away, and it was time to play golf."



With the long awaited victory, the 37-year-old Reavie pocketed $1.296

million and a two year exemption on the PGA Tour. Reavie moves to 12th

in the Fedex Cup standings and 13th in the President's Cup standings.