Bryant holds two-shot lead at Tradition

SUNRIVER — Brad Bryant came off the course Saturday at the Jeld-Wen Tradition with a huge grin.

He had just shot a 5-under 67 to take a two-stroke advantage over Mike Reid into the final round.

Bryant padded his lead to go to 15 under at Crosswater Golf Club in central Oregon. He has stayed atop the leaderboard after shooting a career-best 10-under 62 in the opening round, matching a tournament record.

"I'd like to play tomorrow exactly like I played today. If I do that, I don't care if I win or not," he said. "If I play as well tomorrow as I did today and somebody beats me, they deserve it more than me."

Reid birdied the par-4 No. 18 to finish with a 66 and go to 13 under in the fourth of five majors on the Champions Tour.

Bryant had back-to-back birdies on the 15th and 16th holes. He came close to another one on the par-3 No. 17, but his putt came to rest on the lip of the hole.

John Cook had a 68, putting him at 12 under going into today's final. Larry Mize was at 10 under after a third-round 70.

"Definitely could have been a little more tidy today," Cook said. "But I'm happy with that."

Bryant's low opening round matched Tom Watson's mark set in 2003 and Doug Tewell's in 2001.

Bryant's best finish of the 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.

Watson rebounded with a 69 on Saturday after a 74 the day before, but making a run at the leaders in the final round will be tough at 6 under.

Last year, Fred Funk shot a final-round 69 for a three-shot victory over Mike Goodes and his first win in a major on the tour.

Funk had a 73 Saturday and was 8 under after three rounds.

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