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Jaime Diaz
April 10, 2000
O'Meara at a CrossroadsThe Tour Or TV?
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April 10, 2000

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HEIGHT 5'11"
WEIGHT 160
AGE 45
WORLD RANK 194

FAMILY
Wife: Randolyn
Children: Brendalyn (2/3/81), Lauren (8/14/83), Michael (10/2/86), Clarissa (5/27/90), John (9/29/93), Hannah (5/7/97)
NICKNAME Radar

DISTINCTION
One of the shortest (and straightest) hitters in Tour history. Known for mild manner and sharp wit. Never gets angry, which is why he cracked up the locker-room crowd after hitting two balls out-of-bounds on the same hole by saying, "Man, my chili was running hot."

REVEALING STATISTICS
Longest drive this year is 284 yards (278th on Tour). Ranks third in birdies on par-3s, 167th in birdies on par-5s.

ARE SHORT HITTERS BEING RUN OFF THE TOUR?
"No. The trend in course maintenance is soft fairways and hard greens, which makes it tougher, but not impossible, for guys like me. I'm playing my five-wood a little more, but a good swing will still get the ball close to the hole."

ACQUIRED WISDOM
"The secret to playing the Tour is threefold: a sound game plan, good execution and support at home. The secret to golf is enjoying the walk. As Bobby Jones said, 'Why should we worry so when golf—just golf—is so much fun?' "

RADAR THE READER AVERAGES ADOOT A ROOK A WEEK ON TOUR. HIS TAKE ON A PERFECT STORM: "It took me three months to feel dry."

HOBBY
Collecting aphorisms. A favorite, by Robert Louis Stevenson: "If a man loves his work beyond any thought of wealth or fame, then the gods have called him."

TOESDAYS WITH HALE
For years Reid played a weekly practice round with Hale Irwin. "He was the mold of the player I wanted to be: complete through the bag, competitive but serene. When I saw him recently, I said, 'I miss you.' He said, 'I don't miss you.' I took that as a compliment."

ON LOSING THE '89 PGA TO PAYNE STEWART AFTER LEADING DY TWO STROKES WITH THREE HOLES TO PLAY
"After I missed a seven-footer on 18 to tie, I did more growing up walking the next 40 feet to the scoring tent than I had in the previous 35 years of my life. I decided that I had to be happy for the man who had beaten me, so I high-fived Payne and hugged him. In the locker room Jack Nicklaus told me he had never been so sorry to see someone lose. I was humbled. For the greatest player to say that to me added so much humanness to the whole thing. Right then I thought, Life goes on. And it does."

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