Chez Reavie was asked what he planned to buy first after his $900,000 windfall in the Canadian Open.
"I have no idea," the 26-year-old PGA Tour rookie said. "I'm sure I'll find something nice back home, if my fiancee doesn't spend it before I get home."
Amanda Henrichs' spending spree probably won't include a bigger wedding.
"It can't be any bigger," Reavie said. "I picked a good spot where we couldn't fit too many people. I'm sure she'll find something else she wants, though."
Reavie won the national championship Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, closing with a 1-under 70 on a welcome rain-free afternoon for a three-stroke victory over Billy Mayfair at soggy Glen Abbey.
"Oh, man. I'm just so excited," Reavie said. "I don't think a lot of people understand when you're growing up and you're practicing and you're working so hard, this is, obviously, your goal, but there are no guarantees."
Generously listed at 5-foot-9 and sporting the Arizona Diamondbacks' "A" logo on his shirts, the former Arizona State player has been jokingly tagged the Small Unit in reference to Randy Johnson, the 6-foot-10 pitcher known as the Big Unit.
Also in contrast to Johnson, Reavie relies on control. The short-hitter was on the mark in the wire-to-wire win, hitting 44 of 56 fairways and 54 of 72 greens in regulation. The accurate play was a big factor, with the players allowed to use preferred lies in the fairways on the course saturated by 8 inches of rain in a week.
"It was crucial to hit fairways so you could lift and clean your ball and place it in a good lie, especially when you don't hit it as far as some of the other guys do," Reavie said. "So, it really played into my hands."
Playing for the sixth straight week, Reavie finished at 17-under 267. In addition to the $900,000, he earned spots in the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational and PGA Championship the next two weeks and the 2009 Mercedes Championship and Masters. He also picked up a tour exemption through 2010.
After entering the week with career earnings of $746,414 in 27 PGA Tour starts and 52 Nationwide Tour events, he was amazed when he learned how much he made.
"How much? $900,000. That's unbelievable, really," Reavie said. "Yeah, wow! That's all I can say is wow to that."
Mayfair, also a former Arizona State player, shot a 68.
"He's a good kid and a hard worker," Mayfair said. "I'm really happy for him."
Sean O'Hair (68) and Steve Marino (70) were 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," Weir said.
Anthony Kim, a two-time winner this year, began the round a stroke back, but followed his third-round 64 with a 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.
"I played terrible," Kim said.
After finishing off a third-round 68 early Sunday to take a one-stroke lead, Reavie bogeyed Nos. 1 and 3 in the final round. He birdied No. 4 and broke away from the field in the middle of the round. In one key exchange, he made a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-4 ninth after Kim holed a 15-footer.
"When I made it right on top of him, I killed his momentum," said Reavie, the Knoxville Open winner last year on the Nationwide Tour.
Reavie then made a 30-footer on No. 10 to get to 17 under, three strokes ahead of Kim and four in front of McCarron.
On the downhill par-4 11th, Reavie escaped with a par after barely clearing swollen 16-Mile Creek from an awkward stance in a right-side fairway bunker. Chipping from deep rough between the creek and green, he hit his third shot to 1 1/2 feet.
Kim bogeyed the hole after missing the fairway, leaving Reavie four shots clear.
Reavie three-putted for bogey on the par-5 13th, then made four straight pars before finishing his breakthrough victory with a 12-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th, his second birdie of the day on the hole.
"I didn't feel comfortable until I hit my third shot on the green on 18," said Reavie, the eighth first-time winner this year and 10th champion in his 20s.
Reavie played 33 holes in 13 under Friday, shooting 65-64 for a three-stroke lead after the completion of the second round Saturday. He was on the edge of the 17th green Saturday night when play was stopped, then returned Sunday to complete the round. He two-putted for par on 17 and regained the outright lead with a tap-in birdie on 18.
"I just changed my shoes and went right back to my hotel and took a nap for an hour and a half," Reavie said. "Then I woke up, took a shower, and did the exact same routine I do every morning, even though I had already done it once before, just to get in the same flow."
Divots:@ Jim Furyk, the winner in 2006 at Hamilton and 2007 at Angus Glen, shot a 70 to tie for 14th at 9 under. "I feel my game's in a decent spot, but I'm a little frustrated," Furyk said. ... The tournament will return to Glen Abbey in 2009. The 2010 event is set for St. George's in Toronto.
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