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Born: 6 February 1997
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, USA
College: University of Arizona
Resides: Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins : 3
Other wins: 2
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Unknown
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
Despite winning his first PGA Tour event in 2008, Chez suffered a serious wrist injury which resulted in him missing almost the entirety of the 2014 season. As a result, he dropped down to the web.com Tour (now the Korn Ferry Tour) in 2015. He posted a win in 2015 at the Small Business Connection Championship at River Run to earn his return to the PGA Tour in 2016. He steadily climbed the Official World Golf Rankings and a win at the 2019 Travelers Championship helped him reach a career best of 26th in 2019.
Chez will be looking to climb the rankings again in 2022 after failing to post a top 10 finish in 2021, something he hadn't done since 2014.
Chez signed a 14 club equipment deal with PXG in January 2020 and he started the season very poorly as he adjusted to his new clubs. Chez has posted good results in years gone by at his early season events (in particular the Sony Open and Waste Management Phoenix Open) so we should discount his 2020 results when looking at these events in 2021.
Just two months into Chez's deal with PXG he terminated the contract in protest at PXG parting ways with their director of tournament player relations.
Pressure Performance Analysis
All three of Chez's PGA Tour wins have come when leading going into the final round. He also won his first event on the web.com Tour leading from the front after 54 holes. His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set to ⭐⭐⭐ based on mixed recent efforts and his lack of recent contention experience.
✅ Chez led the Barracuda Championship by 6pts and went on to win, holing some clutch putts on 16 and 17.
❌ Trailing by two shots (4th) going into the final round of the 3M Open, Chez would shoot a final round 71 (2nd worst of anyone in the top 15) to slip to 11th.
➖ Four shots back (5th) at the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational, Chez would shoot a final round 68 to slip to 6th.
✅ Chez converted a 6 shot lead at The Travelers Championship in 2019 as he posted a 1 under par round to win by 4 shots.
✅ Did well in contention at the Waste Management Phoenix Open where he entered the final round 1 behind and finished birdie-birdie to force a playoff. He's a man who knows how to birdie the last if needs be!
✅ Chez's comeback win on the web.com Tour in 2015 came from 5 shots behind in the final round. It was also notable that he birdied the 72nd hole, holing a 6 foot clutch putt to take the title.
Chez traditionally plays well at the Sony Open, having finished MC-3-18-8 the past four years. The fact he missed the cut in 2020 when adjusting to new clubs may allow us to get him onside at a bigger price in 2021.
Goes best when fresh
As mentioned Chez has a good record when playing at the Sony Open, generally his first event of the calendar year. His best two finishes in 2020 came after at least a week off. In 2019 he had five top 10 finishes and three of these came after at least a week off.
Although it didn't happen in 2020, there are examples of Chez backing up a really low finish with another. In 2019 he won at the Travelers Championship after placing 3rd the week before at the US Open. In 2018 he had consecutive runner up finishes.
Events to back Reavie
Waste Management Phoenix Open
Chez would dearly love to win in Phoenix and he's definitely one to consider in 2022. Missed cuts the past two years can be attributed to a change of clubs and poor form coming in, look out for Chez coming in with better form.
Chez has lost both playoffs he has been in, losing out to Gary Woodland in 2018 and Webb Simpson in 2011. Although he lost out to two Major winners he's not one to trust in the match play format of a playoff.
2020 - January
"It's (the Phoenix Open) near and dear to my heart. It's like a major for me, which made it tough for me to play the first few years because I'd go out there and I was just trying so hard and trying to do too much and playing too aggressive. I'd say the last few years I finally just kind of settled down and said, 'OK, let's plot our way around here, let's be smart and it's just a golf tournament. You don't have to try harder. You try hard enough every day.' And especially when you have all your friends and family out there too, you're wanting to play well and give them something fun to watch, get excited over. It would be just like winning the Masters or winning the U.S. Open for me, in my mind"