First wire-to-wire winner in eight years?

August 22, 2009

SUNRIVER, Ore. - Brad Bryant shot a 67 Saturday to maintain his advantage in the Jeld-Wen Tradition at the Crosswater Club and with a two-stroke advantage over Mike Reid is in position to do something that hasn't been done on the Champions Tour since 2001.

If Bryant holds on Sunday and wins for the first time since the 2007 U.S. Senior Open at Whistling Straits, he would be the first wire-to-wire winner of a senior major since Doug Tewell in the 2001 Tradition.

Bryant finished 54 holes at 15-under 201. Reid, who hasn't had a top-10 finish since 2007, is at 203. John Cook is another stroke back at 204. Reid hasn't won since taking his lone Champions Tour title, the 2005 Senior PGA Championship at Laurel Valley.

"If I play as well tomorrow as I played today and somebody beats me, they deserve it more than me," Bryant said.

--Bill Fields