Champions Golf Tour
CHAMPIONS - JELD-WEN Tradition Preview
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DATES: Thursday, August 19th through Sunday, August 22nd
SITE: Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort, Sunriver, Oregon
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Cupp and John Fought (1995)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,533
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 386 yds10 - Par 4 412 yds
2 - Par 5 582 yds11 - Par 4 454 yds
3 - Par 3 188 yds12 - Par 5 649 yds
4 - Par 4 413 yds13 - Par 3 171 yds
5 - Par 4 447 yds14 - Par 4 457 yds
6 - Par 5 603 yds15 - Par 4 396 yds
7 - Par 3 206 yds16 - Par 5 598 yds
8 - Par 4 427 yds17 - Par 3 232 yds
9 - Par 4 456 yds18 - Par 4 456 yds
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36 3,708 yds36 3,825 yds
 
Annual:  22nd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 6:30-9 p.m. (et),
  NBC - Saturday/Sunday -- 4-6 p.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Mike Reid
Runner-Up:  John Cook
Tournament Record:  265 (Doug Tewell, 2001)
54-Hole Record:  199 (Gil Morgan, 1997)
36-Hole Record:  130 (Tom Watson, 2003)
18-Hole Record:  62 (Doug Tewell, 2001 - GC at Desert Mountain;
  Tom Watson, 2003 - The Reserve Vineyards and GC)
Course Record:  62 (Brad Bryant, 2009)
Total Purse:  $2,600,000
Shares:  1st Place - $390,000; 2nd Place - $228,800; 3rd Place - $187,200
 
2009 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Mike Reid *272Loren Roberts277
John Cook272Tom Watson277
Brad Bryant274Morris Hatalsky279
Larry Mize275Don Pooley279
Fred Funk277Tom Lehman279

* - Won in Playoff

 
Past JELD-WEN Tradition Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2009*Mike Reid (272) -- John Cook
2008Fred Funk (269) -- Mike Goodes
2007Mark McNulty (272) -- David Edwards
2006*Eduardo Romero (275) -- Lonnie Nielsen
2005*Loren Roberts (273) -- Dana Quigley
2004Craig Stadler (275) -- Allen Doyle, Jerry Pate
2003Tom Watson (273) -- Gil Morgan, Jim Ahern, Tom Kite
2002*Jim Thorpe (277) -- John Jacobs
2001Doug Tewell (265) -- Mike McCullough
2000*Tom Kite (280) -- Tom Watson, Larry Nelson
1999#Graham Marsh (136) -- Larry Nelson
1998Gil Morgan (276) -- Tom Wargo
1997Gil Morgan (266) -- Isao Aoki
1996Jack Nicklaus (272) -- Hale Irwin
1995*Jack Nicklaus (276) -- Isao Aoki
1994*Ray Floyd (271) -- Dale Douglass
1993Tom Shaw (269) -- Mike Hill
1992Lee Trevino (274) -- Jack Nicklaus
1991Jack Nicklaus (277) -- Jim Colbert, Jim Dent, Phil Rodgers
1990#Jack Nicklaus (206) -- Gary Player
1989Don Bies (275) -- Gary Player

* - Won in Playoff

# - Weather Shortened

Note:Formerly called The Tradition at Desert Mountain (1989-91); The
Tradition (1992-99), The Countrywide Tradition (2000-02).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Mike Reid------------T-45T-9T-39T-18T-41Won
John Cook------------------------T-142nd
Brad Bryant---------------T-16T-14T-21T-253rd
Larry Mize---------------------------4th
Fred Funk---------------------11thWonT-5
Tom WatsonT-2---5thWonT-55T-9T-14T-6T-3T-5
Loren Roberts---------------WonT-14T-4T-7T-5
Morris Hatalsky---------T-5T-14T-27T-29T-1438thT-8
Tom Lehman---------------------------T-8
Gene Jones------------------------T-7T-11
Tom KiteWonT-24T-7T-2T-4T-36T-4T-4T-18T-11
Eduardo Romero------------------WonT-14T-18T-11
Mark O'Meara---------------------T-14T-31T-11
Gil MorganT-154thT-35T-2T-113rdT-29T-30T-31T-11
Jeff Sluman------------------------T-31T-11
Mike Goodes------------------------2ndT-17
Jay Haas---------------T-23T-20T-14T-3T-17
Bernhard Langer------------------------T-7T-17
Keith Fergus------------T-36T-56T-9T-6T-31T-17
Bruce Fleisher4thT-7T-9T-20T-4T-36T-20T-65T-31T-21
Craig Stadler---------T-10WonT-23T-14T-30T-41T-21
Mark McNulty---------------8thT-46WonT-25T-25
Allen Doyle---T-10T-16T-42T-2T-36T-2573rdT-52T-25
Lonnie Nielsen------------T-45T-532ndT-12T-7T-27
R.W. Eaks---------------T-9T-39T-9T-25T-27
Andy Bean------------T-4T-538thT-27T-48T-27
Scott Simpson------------------T-63T-126thT-31
Tom Purtzer------T-7T-16T-29T-27T-4T-36T-25T-31
Bruce Vaughan---------------------T-56T-41T-31
Ben Crenshaw------T-64T-33T-55T-56T-32T-36T-52T-31
Tim Simpson------------------T-25T-30T-18T-38
Hale IrwinT-373rd6thT-1013thT-42T-32T-52T-41T-38
Dan Forsman------------------------T-3940th
Mark Wiebe------------------------T-18T-41
Tom JenkinsT-25T-38T-13T-60T-19T-5T-14T-30T-7T-47
Joey Sindelar------------------------T-31T-47
Bob Gilder---T-29T-3T-28T-24T-13T-20T-6T-14T-50
Bobby Wadkins------T-13T-52T-24T-493rdT-52T-18T-50
Bruce Lietzke------T-16T-46T-1152ndT-9T-30T-4855th
Fuzzy Zoeller------T-19T-20T-33T-49T-25T-40T-7T-63
Dana QuigleyT-37T-34T-27T-7T-332ndT-32T-45T-3165th
Mark Calcavecchia------------------------------
Fred Couples------------------------------
David Frost------------------------------
Nick Price------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bernhard Langer
Darkhorse - Jeff Sluman
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (John Cook) - Finished tied for 8th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Peter Senior) - Finished tied for 43rd
 
NOTES:The fourth major of the 2010 Champions Tour season is upon us, as the
22nd JELD-WEN Tradition takes center stage. This is the third major in the last four tournaments played on the Champions Tour. Tom Lehman (Senior PGA) and Bernhard Langer (Senior British Open and U.S. Senior Open) won the first three majors of the year.

Last year, Mike Reid birdied the first playoff hole to defeat John Cook and win this event. 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. There have now been seven playoffs in tournament history.

In 2008, Fred Funk fired four rounds in the 60s as he won his first major championship title by three shots over Mike Goodes. Funk closed with a three- under 69 to post 19-under-par 269.

Eduardo Romero picked up his first Champions Tour win as he won with a birdie on the first playoff hole over Lonnie Nielsen in 2006. Romero posted the low round of the week with his seven-under 65 in the final round. Romero joined Jack Nicklaus, Tom Kite and Loren Roberts as those who made this event their first Champions Tour win. Romero's five-stroke comeback on the final day was the largest in event history. Romero, from Argentina, became the second international player to win this event, joining Australian Graham Marsh (1999). He joined Roberto De Vicenzo as the only players from Argentina to win a senior major and joined De Vicenzo and Vicente Fernandez as the only players from Argentina to win on the Champions Tour.

This will be the fourth year the event is being held at Crosswater Club at Sunriver Resort in Sunriver, Oregon. The Golf Club at Desert Mountain in Scottsdale, Arizona hosted this event the first 13 years. The Prospector Course at Superstition Mountain in Arizona was the venue in 2002, while the Reserve Vineyards and Golf Club in Aloha, Oregon hosted the event from 2003-06.

Nicklaus has won this event four times, finished second once and has nine top-10 finishes in his 12 appearances. Nicklaus is the first player to win the same Champions Tour event four times, with his last career victory coming at this event in 1996. It also marked his 100th professional win. Of Nicklaus' 10 career Champions Tour wins, eight have been majors.

When Doug Tewell captured the 2001 edition of this event, he joined Gil Morgan as the only wire-to-wire winners of this tournament. Morgan accomplished the feat in 1997. Fourteen of the 21 Traditions have been won by players 53 or younger. Morgan and Nicklaus are the only players to successfully defend their titles at this tournament.

Only seven players have had four straight rounds in the 60s at this event, and only two of those seven has won the event. In 1993, Mike Hill finished second to Tom Shaw after posting scores of 69-68-66-67. Dale Douglass finished second to Raymond Floyd in 1994 after scores of 68-68-69-66. Mike McCullough finished second in 2001 to Tewell after rounds of 67-69-69-69. Mike Goodes finished second in 2008 to Funk after rounds of 68-67-69-68. Morgan shot scores of 66-66-67-67 in 1997 and cruised to a six-stroke victory. In 2008, Funk carded rounds of 69-66-65-69 to win by three strokes. In 2009, Cook fired rounds of 69-67-68-68 and lost in a playoff to Reid.

In the previous 21 tournaments, the champion has posted an over-par score in any round just three times en route to victory. Nicklaus had a 73 in the second round of the 1991 event, but rallied to win that year. He also rebounded from a second-round 74 to win the 1996 event. In 2003, Tom Watson fired a one-over-par 73 Saturday, but closed with a two-under-par 70 on Sunday to wrap up his win. Only once has the winner of this event not finished in the top 30 on the money list at the end of the year. In 1996, Nicklaus won the event and eventually finished 38th on the final money list. Nicklaus added a second victory that season, but played in just seven events overall.

Hale Irwin, the Champions Tour's all-time victory leader with 45 titles, will try to join Nicklaus as the only other player to claim a fourth different major. An Irwin victory at this year?s tournament would also tie him with Nicklaus for the most senior majors (eight) and at two months past his 65th birthday, he would also become the Champions Tour's oldest winner. Nicklaus won four JELD-WEN Tradition titles (1990-1991, 1995-996), a pair of U.S. Senior Opens (1991, 1993), the 1990 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship and the 1991 Senior PGA Championship. Irwin has won four Senior PGA Championships (1996-1997, 1998, 2004), a pair of U.S. Senior Opens (1998, 2000) and the 1999 Constellation Energy Senior Players Championship. He was the runner-up to Nicklaus in the 1996 Tradition

The Champions Tour moves north to the state of Washington next week for the Boeing Classic, where Loren Roberts will defend his title.

08/17 14:06:30 ET

As of August 17, 2010, at 02:06 PM ET