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Chez Reavie missed the cut but is still working hard

AUGSTUA, Ga. – In Tuesday's cold and wind, Chez Reavie practiced alongside Paul Casey for about two hours. They hit drivers in the netting on the far end of Augusta National's range, then moved to the short game area and hit chips, pitches and bunker shots. At no point were Reavie and Casey more than 30 feet apart, even on the practice green. The pair talked and laughed throughout the session.After shooting 72-72 in the first two rounds of the Masters, Casey had an 11:35 a.m. tee time on Saturday. After shooting 75-76, Reavie's 2009 Masters was over.But Reavie, winner of last season's Canadian Open and 2001's U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, didn't hit the road Friday night. He was back on the practice area Saturday morning. Brian Reed, Reavie's caddie, had placed white towels 100 and 125 yards away, and Reavie was hitting one wedge shot after another to within feet of the towels. Onlookers were amazed by his consistency."Oh yeah, I can do that," a man laughed.The woman standing next to him said, "It just shows you how really good these guys are. Look at that … dead straight every time."After 20 minutes, Padraig Harrington arrived in the short game area with sports psychologist Bob Rotella. After 10 minutes of chipping and pitching, he moved on as Reavie continued hitting wedge shots at the towels.Ten minutes later Butch Harmon and Jim Mackay, Phil Mickelson's coach and caddie, took a seat near Reavie. Harmon chuckled as he looked at a sheet showing Saturday's pin placements while Mackay took out two sleeves of balls, examined them and began to mark them with a black pen.All the while, Reavie kept hitting wedge shots. His scorecard hadn't been good enough to get him to the weekend at his second Masters, but on Saturday morning his work ethic and dedication were still on display in Augusta.

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by Kevin Cunningham