Chez Reavie leads the fort round of the Fortinet Championship at Silverado Resort and Spa in the wine making region of Nappa Valley in California, the first tournament of the 2021-22 PGA Tour season and FedEx Cup.
Chez had a -7 under par 65 opening round to lead the Fortinet Championship by one shot;
“It was kind of a slow start but I told myself to stay patient,” I was able to hit some fairways on the back and give myself some good looks.”
“I think it’s a shot-shaper’s course, you have to hit a lot of shots where you have to take some spin off.”
“Today you didn’t have to take much spin off, really only on 8. So there’s just so much strategy here and if you get in the rough you get penalized.”
“There’s trees, there’s rough and you won’t be able to hold greens. So being an accurate guy off the tee, that definitely benefits me.”
Two players are tie in second pace at -6 under after rounds of 66; Cameron Tringale, bogey free today, and Adam Hadwin of Canada share the spot.
World #1 Jon Rahm, from Spain, had to pullout of the Pro / Am on Wednesday due to ill health, and did not play too well today, even par 72;
“I was having a hard time focusing given the fact that I haven’t had a solid meal since Tuesday morning.”
“My best guess is just a little run down from the season. Maybe having a little bit too much good rich food Monday and Tuesday just did it for my stomach.”
Jon also reacted to news that Patrick Cantlay had been awarded Player of the Year, after he was forced out of two tournaments due to Covid, while leading by six shots after 54 holes at the Memorial Tournament, then missed the Olympics for the same covid reason;
“I played amazing golf, what could have been if certain unfortunate situations didn’t happen, right?”
“I could have had maybe one more win and the chance to compete for a medal. To think it could have been better does nothing but motivate me. I know I can get better.”