Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Reavie leads at CJ Cup after winds play havoc with heavyweights

Reavie leads at CJ Cup after winds play havoc with heavyweights

Koepka, the world No. 3, has enjoyed a tremendous season with two wins at the U.S. Open and PGA Championship, which led him to being voted as the 2018 PGA TOUR Player of the Year where he received the award from golf legend Jack Nicklaus.

Swede Alex Noren shot a 65 to lie four off the pace, tied for fourth with Briton Ian Poulter, an island of European defiance in a leaderboard dominated by Americans.

First-round leader Chez Reavie, whose only victory came at the 2008 RBC Canadian Open, mixed five birdies with three bogeys to sign for a two-under-par 70 and he has sole possession of third place heading into the weekend's action.

Jason Dufner and Brandt Snedeker shot 72.

He can still reach world No. 1 with a solo second place, assuming Justin Thomas, now world No. 4, doesn't win this week.

Piercy, who tied for 27th at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia last week, said his putter "showed up".

Reavie's only PGA Tour win came at the 2008 Canadian Open, and he finished second in back-to-back starts a year ago in Phoenix and Pebble Beach, losing at Phoenix in a playoff. "The wind was blowing really hard all day long so you had to really start the ball well and keep it out of the wind".

"After that double bogey, I thought I was going to be in for a long day, but I was able to stay patient and stick it out", said Kim, the victor of the 2017 Players Championship. "But the more pars you can make, the better".

This season, Willett has taken up PGA Tour membership and plans to play full-time in the USA next year.

Willett, who has struggled with injuries and form since winning the 2016 Masters and has dropped to No. 342 in the world, made five birdies and two bogeys in his 69.

Both events do not have halfway cuts, so Sharma is hoping to take a big step towards earning his PGA TOUR card via non-member category. "We committed to play on the PGA Tour, to play predominantly over here this year and next". The 78-man field features four players who placed among last year's FedEx Cup top 10, so look for four days of riveting golf starting Wednesday at 6:45 p.m. ET.

Guys like Justin Rose, Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy, Koepka, Sergio Garcia, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Matt Fitzpatrick, Tyrrell Hatton, Francesco Molinari, Tommy Fleetwood and Thomas Pieters have broken the gap between European Tour players and just pure golf stars over the last couple years, and they are still playing important events overseas. "It's nice to get a score like that on a day where it's easy to get on the wrong side of the par and kind of let things get to you", said the 31-year-old.

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