Mike Reid Wins Tradition In Playoff 2009: Sunriver Ore

Mike Reid wins Tradition in playoff

Sunriver, Ore.
— Mike Reid raised his arms and let out a heavy sigh after sinking his playoff-winning birdie putt in the Jeld-Wen Tradition. Then he humbly removed his cap to shake the hand of opponent John Cook. Only when Reid hugged his son Daniel, his caddie, did the tears start to well. “He (Daniel) had a look on his face like, ‘Well, what did you expect’ ” Reid said afterward. “I felt like I’d just climbed Mount Everest.” Reid’s 12-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole Sunday at Crosswater Golf Club gave him his second career victory, and second major, on the Champions Tour. He also won the 2005 Senior PGA Championship. Cook’s approach shot on the playoff hole, No. 18, came to rest about 15 feet away and his downhill putt for birdie missed just left. Reid shot a final-round 70 and Cook had a 69 to finish at 16-under 272. Cook, who was two strokes behind leader Brad Bryant going into the final round, birdied the par-3 No. 17 hole to take a one-stroke lead to the final hole. But he hit into the bunker, settling for a bogey and forcing the playoff with Reid, who made par on the hole.
“I didn’t play like a champion,” Cook said.

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