Reid tied for third, and he's definitely not tongue-tied
Mike Reid got off some superb golf shots Saturday and a good quip.
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SNOQUALMIE — Mike Reid got off some superb golf shots Saturday and a good quip.
Reid, who spent five summers in the 1970s in Woodinville while he was attending Brigham Young, shot a 4-under 68 and is in a four-way tie for third at the Boeing Classic at 6-under 138.
Reid's caddie for this tournament is his son, Daniel, who like his father played at BYU.
"He's graduated and he has a job, and believe me, I'm glad to put those two words in the same sentence," Reid said.
Even the pros hit awful shots sometimes.
Willie Wood, who is in second place at 7 under, bogeyed the par-3 sixth hole when he shanked his tee shot.
"I don't like to say that word," he said. "It happens to everybody."
Wood recovered with birdies on No. 7 and No. 8 and is alone in second place after a 4-under 68 for a two-day total of 137.
Wood won last week's tournament in Endicott, N.Y., after being a Tuesday qualifier.
Wood noted that TPC Snoqualmie Ridge favors players who hit the ball high because the greens are so firm this week. He said he is naturally a low-ball hitter. Wood has 50 total putts in the first two rounds.
• The oldest player in the tournament is Hale Irwin, 67, the three-time U.S. Open winner who was a star defensive back and also won the NCAA golf championship at Colorado. Irwin shot 2-under 70 Saturday after shooting 72 Friday.
• Andy Bean, who shot 81 on Friday, withdrew Saturday morning, citing illness.
• Olin Browne had a hard time believing his layup shot on the par-5 eighth hole went too far and into the pond in front of the green. "I just hit my 7-iron 200 yards," Browne said to anyone listening. He asked patrons where his ball landed before trickling into the water, but he refused to believe what he heard. "I can't hit it that far," he said, shaking his head. He made a bogey on the hole.
• The toughest hole Saturday was the par-4 fourth hole where the scoring average was 4.30. The easiest was the par-5 first hole where the average was 4.61.
• A Coast Guard helicopter will fly over the course at 9:55 a.m. Sunday as part of Military Appreciation Day. A total of 1,500 U.S. flags will be on display near the clubhouse and on the course.
• Today's first tee times are 10 a.m. with the leaders going off at noon. The original plan was to begin tee times at 10:30 a.m.
• Bernhard Langer, who pulled off the "Seattle Sweep" in 2010 when he won the U.S. Senior Open at Sahalee and the Boeing Classic, improved Saturday after a mediocre opening round but appears out of contention. Langer started the tournament Friday by double-bogeying the par-5 first hole and finished with a 73. He shot 3-under 69 Saturday but is tied for 23rd.
• Pullman native Kirk Triplett went backward Saturday with a 2-over 74 after opening with a 4-under 68 Friday. He double-bogeyed the par-5 15th hole and was tied for 23rd.
• Mark O'Meara, who moved from a tie for 57th into a tie for third place with an 8-under 64, used to be good friends with Tiger Woods when they both lived in Florida. He said, "I don't see him much, to be honest with you. ... He's in Florida, I'm in Houston. I play this tour, he plays the young tour. It's not like he calls me up on the phone and says, 'Hey, man, c'mon out and check out my new house.' "
O'Meara said he was pleased to see Woods playing competitively.
"I know we all have unreal expectations of him, myself included. When he doesn't win majors, it's a little bit of a shock, but he did have a lot of opportunities this year, so it's a move in the right direction for him."
• After his first round on the Champions Tour on Friday and shooting 1-under 71, Gene Sauers said it was nice to be playing with guys more his age.
"If I was out on the Web.com Tour right now, there'd be every kid on that practice range right now. You don't see too many people now (on the range). We're a little more laid back, I guess. But I'm happy with the place I'm in right now."
Sauers shot a second straight 71 Saturday.
Times reporter Scott Hanson contributed to this notebook.