Round 4 Notes: JELD-WEN TraditionAugust 23, 2009
Dave Senko, PGA TOUR Staff
• Mike Reid made a 12-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to claim the JELD-WEN Tradition title in a playoff with John Cook. It was Reid's second major championship on the Champions Tour; he also won the 2005 Senior PGA Championship. Cook appeared in control, leading by one with one hole remaining, but made a bogey at No. 18 to fall back into the playoff with Reid. Brad Bryant, the 54-hole leader, finished third, two strokes out of the playoff.
• With his victory, Reid earns a check for $392,000, largest of his professional career and also moves into the top 30 on the 2009 money list. He is currently 20th with $522,468, his best season since he won $863,006 in 2005. He also jumped from 77thto 73rd on the all-time money list.
• Reid also picked up 784 points in the Charles Schwab Cup race and is now seventh overall. Fred Funk remains in the lead with 2,050 points, followed by Loren Roberts with 1,694. Bernhard Langer is third with 1,615 and Larry Mize and Joey Sindelar are fourth and fifth with 1,205 and 1,086 points, respectively.
• Reid also earns a full exemption for one calendar year and is also now eligible for the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai through 2014.
• Reid joins Peter Jacobsen with the distinction of both of their wins on the Champions Tour have come in major championships. Jacobsen won the 2004 U.S. Senior Open and the 2005 Ford Senior Players Championship.
• Reid's win ended a string of 94 starts without a win when he prevailed on Sunday and it was also his first top-10 finish since he was T3 at 2007 The ACE Group Classic.
• Cook ran his streak of consecutive holes without a bogey to 54 until his bogey at the 72nd hole.
• Cook was the only player in the 67-man field to post four straight rounds in the 60s this week.
• Mize posted his seventh top-10 finish in his last eight starts when he finished fourth on Sunday. The only blemish in that run came at the U.S. Senior Open where he was T16.
• Tom Watson completed a successful weekend when he fired a 5-under-par 67 on Sunday which helped him to a T5 finish. He had carded a 3-under-par 69 on Saturday. His T5 finish was seventh top-10 finish in nine starts in this tournament.
• So far in 17 Champions Tour events in 2009, five have been decided in playoffs and six have been decided by one stroke.
• Sindelar became the fourth Champions Tour player in 2009 to reach the $1 million mark in season earnings. It was the first time he had done so in his brief Champions Tour career. He is currently fourth on the money list with $1,005,689.