Chez Reavie, proudly sporting an Arizona Diamondbacks logo on his light blue shirt, earned his first PGA Tour title Sunday, closing with 1-under-par 70 in near-perfect conditions for a three-stroke victory over Billy Mayfair.
At a generously listed 5-foot-9, the 26-year-old former Arizona State golfer picked up the Small Unit moniker in a joking reference to Randy Johnson, the 6-10 Diamondbacks pitcher known as the Big Unit.
Also in contrast to Johnson, Reavie relies on finesse rather than power. The short-hitter was on the mark all week at rain-softened Glen Abbey, hitting 44 of 56 fairways in regulation and 54 of 72 greens. The accurate play was a big factor, with the players allowed to use preferred lies in the fairways all four days.
Playing his sixth consecutive week on the tour, Reavie finished at 17-under 267. He earned $900,000 and spots the next two weeks in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship. He also earned an invitation to the 2009 Masters Tournament.
Mayfair, also a former Arizona State player, shot 68. Sean O'Hair (68) and Steve Marino (70) tied for third at 13 under, and Canadian star Mike Weir (69) was another stroke back, along with Nicholas Thompson (69) and Scott McCarron (71).
"I enjoyed it. I played well this week," said Weir, skipping the WGC event next week after a tiring two-week stretch at the British Open and Glen Abbey.
"It has been exhausting," Weir said.
Anthony Kim, a two-time winner this year coming off a seventh-place tie in the British Open, began the round a stroke back but followed his third-round 64 with 75 to tie for eighth at 11 under. The 23-year-old American would have moved into the top 10 in the world rankings with a victory.
After finishing off a third-round 68 early Sunday to take a one-stroke lead, Reavie got off to a slow start in the afternoon with bogeys on Nos. 1 and 3. He got a stroke back with a birdie on No. 4 and broke away from the field in the middle of the round.
The 26-year-old PGA Tour rookie made a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-4 ninth after Kim holed a 15-footer, then he made a 30-foot birdie putt on No. 10 to get to 17 under – three strokes ahead of Kim and four in front of McCarron.