PGA Tour winner Bart Bryant dead at 59 after car crash

Three-time PGA Tour winner Bart Bryant died in a car accident on Tuesday, according to a report by Fox News.

The PGA Tour confirmed Bryant’s passing in a statement this week. Bryant was just 59 at the time of his death.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan released a statement on Wednesday confirming Bryant’s passing, however, details surrounding his death were not immediately known.

“The PGA Tour is saddened by the tragic passing of Bart Bryant and our hearts go out to his family and friends during this difficult time,” Monahan said. “The Bryants have been a part of the PGA Tour family for over four decades and we are grateful for the impact and legacy he made on our organization and countless communities. Bart will be dearly missed.”

According to Sports Illustrated, Bryant turned pro in 1986, but wasn’t successful on the PGA Tour until much later in his career: “He won his first tournament in his 187th career start at the 2004 Valero Texas Open at the age of 41, becoming the oldest first-time winner on the Tour in nine years.”

Fox reported that Bryant was most famous for having beat Tiger Woods by six strokes at the 2005 PGA Tour Championship, winning all of his Tour victories after the age of 40, despite injury plaguing much of his career.

His first win on the PGA Tour came just a year earlier, when he won the Valero Texas Open after beating Patrick Sheehan by three strokes. Bryant won his first Champions Tour Event in 2013 at the Dick’s Sport Goods Open, becoming the 1,000th winner in Champions Tour history.

Bryant is survived by his wife Donna, daughters Kristen and Michelle, and his stepchildren. His first wife, Cathy, passed in 2017, 11 months after being diagnosed with brain cancer.