Apr 27, 2018: They call it ham and egging when a team cleverly splits their good holes between them.
Chez Reavie and Lucas Glover timed it perfectly with six birdies each to send their team to a blistering opening 12-under 60 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans on Thursday and a share of the lead with Chinese duo Xinjun Zhang and Zecheng Dou.
The key? Making a ton of putts after solid communication.
While most teams leave each individual to do their own thing in Four-ball play, this pair picked each other’s brains. And it worked.
“We read them right early, and that just gave us good feeling for the rest of the day. Chez birdied the first two; we were dead on with both the reads, so we just kept it going,” former U.S. Open winner Glover explained.
“We changed maybe a ball or two in a direction one way or the other and that was it. We were pretty right on. Luckily we were hitting our lines also.”
The pair combined last season for a T39 finish and learned plenty from the experience.
Joining back together again they’ve taken an analytical approach, as well as putting in plenty of practice.
“I think we’re both really good ball strikers. We wanted to strategize properly, and so I would lay back in some of the fairways and let him get more aggressive on the tees,” Reavie explained.
“We’re just very comfortable helping each other out. If I tell him something and he’s not all in, then he’s going to do what he wants and I’m completely good with it, and vice versa.”
They expect to keep the roll going in alternate shot on Friday after getting in a solid 27 holes of practice in the format over the past few days.