Reid wins Tradition playoff|
Sunriver, OR (Sports Network) - Mike Reid birdied the first playoff hole
Sunday to defeat John Cook and win the Tradition, the fourth major
championship this year on the Champions Tour.
Reid and Cook played the 18th hole at Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort and
both hit spectacular second shots. Cook knocked his approach to 15 feet to put
the pressure on Reid, who responded.
Reid hit his second to 10 feet right of the hole, pin-high. Cook, who bogeyed
18 in regulation to force the playoff, missed his birdie effort and had to
hope Reid would miss his to extend the extra session.
He did not.
Reid poured in the birdie putt to get his second win on the Champions Tour and
his second major after a victory at the 2005 Senior PGA Championship.
"I don't bother with the easy ones," joked Reid after his win. "I learned a
lot from the first time around. It's hard to put it into words. I've worked
Reid finished with a three-under 69, while Cook had a four-under 68. The duo
finished regulation tied at 16-under 272.
Brad Bryant, who held the lead after each of the first three rounds, struggled
to a one-over 73 on Sunday. He took third place at 14-under 274, which was one
better than Larry Mize, who posted a three-under 69 on Sunday.
With Bryant in trouble throughout the round, it opened the door for both Reid
Reid had his woes early with two bogeys and two birdies in his first five
holes. Cook played brilliantly early on with four birdies on his front nine
when he rolled in an eight-foot birdie putt at the ninth, he moved two ahead
of both Reid and Bryant.
Reid, who also birdied No. 9, played safe golf and waited until the par-four
14th to cut into Cook's margin. He rolled in a 10-footer for birdie at 14 and
nearly holed his second for eagle at 15 before he settled for a tap-in birdie.
That birdie tied Reid and Cook atop the leaderboard at 16-under par.
Cook moved ahead at the par-three 17th. He ran home a long birdie putt to get
to 17-under and one ahead of Reid with Bryant two behind and only the 18th to
Cook found the fairway off the tee at the par-four closing hole, but pushed
his second shot into a greenside bunker long and right. He hit a terrible
bunker shot that came up 30 feet short of the hole.
Reid was also in a trap at 18, but safely got up and down for par. Cook needed
the 30-footer for the win, but hammered the putt a good five feet past the
Cook now needed this five-footer to force a playoff and he stroked home the
bogey putt. Reid tapped in his little par save and it was off to 18 where he
walked off with the title.
"There's been a lot of good things in my game the last few weeks," said Reid,
who pocketed $392,000 for the victory. "I could never have figured this."
For Cook, it's another major disappointment. At the 2008 Senior British Open,
Cook was in command with nine holes to play, but made double-bogey at 11 and
bogey at 12. He held a one-shot lead on the last, but made bogey, then missed
a 12-foot birdie effort on the first playoff hole to lose to Bruce Vaughan.
Defending champion Fred Funk (69), British Open runner-up Tom Watson (67) and
reigning Senior British Open champion Loren Roberts (70) tied for fifth at
Tom Lehman (71), Morris Hatalsky (67) and Don Pooley (68) shared eighth at
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