- The Washington Times - Friday, August 21, 2009

From combined dispatches

SUNRIVER, Ore. | Brad Bryant matched a tournament record with a 10-under 62 on Thursday in the first round of the Tradition at Crosswater Golf Club in central Oregon.

Bryant had 11 birdies and one bogey for a three-shot lead in the fourth of five majors this year on the Champions Tour.

Bryant’s best finish this year was fourth at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open in June. He has four overall tour victories, his last coming at the Senior U.S. Open in 2007.

Loren Roberts shot a 65, while Tom Watson and Tom Lehman each had 67s as temperatures hovered in the upper 90s at the scenic 7,533-yard course in the shadow of Mount Bachelor.

Defending champion Fred Funk was in a group at 4 under. Tour money leader Bernhard Langer shot a 71.

Even Bryant was stunned by his low round, which matched Watson’s low second round in 2003 when the tournament was played in Aloha, Ore., west of Portland.

Bryant’s personal best round was 63.

“Just played really great,” he said. “Definitely one of my top five ball-striking rounds in my life.”

Bryant won once on the PGA Tour at the Walt Disney World-Oldsmobile Classic in 1995.

Wyndham delayed

GREENSBORO, N.C. | With thunder booming, Chez Reavie rushed to hit the 15-foot putt that would have left him alone atop the Wyndham Championship leader board.

Once he missed, he had more than enough time to think about his gimme.

After a long weather delay, Reavie returned to the green and tapped in a 1-footer to close out a 64. He wound up sharing the early lead with former champion Brandt Snedeker and Ryan Moore during a suspended first round of the PGA Tour’s final event before the playoffs.

“I could have just made the first putt and left,” Reavie said.

Justin Rose, Kevin Streelman and Colt Knost were one stroke back at 65 with Chris Riley also at 5 under through 14 holes. U.S. Presidents Cup captain Fred Couples and John Daly were among the eight who shot 66. Steve Elkington joined them at 4 under through 14 holes, and Bill Haas was at 4 under through 10.

Play was suspended for roughly four hours amid early afternoon thunder and more than an inch of rain that was dumped on the area surrounding Sedgefield Country Club.

Things didn’t clear up until late afternoon, play resumed around 4:30 p.m. and 78 players were left on the course when things were halted shortly before 8 p.m. because of darkness.

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