Professional golfer Bart Bryant was successful three times on the renowned PGA Tour, once even outperforming Tiger Woods. Now the athlete died under tragic circumstances.
Sad golf news: Bart Bryant, a three-time PGA Tour champion, died in a car accident in Florida on Tuesday at the age of 59. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan confirmed: “The PGA Tour is saddened by the tragic passing of Bart Bryant. Our condolences go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.” Monahan continued, “The Bryants have been part of the PGA Tour family for over four decades and we are grateful for the impact and legacy he left on our organization and countless communities. We will miss Bart greatly.”
According to media reports, the accident happened when Bryant and his wife stopped in their SUV at the end of a convoy of vehicles for a construction crew. According to the Polk County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office, a truck then crashed into the Bryants’ vehicle, the driver of which had apparently overlooked the traffic jam.
Bryant was unresponsive when paramedics in Polk City found him Tuesday afternoon. He was taken to a hospital where he died. His wife Donna, 49, survived with minor injuries.
Bart Bryant once outclassed Tiger Woods
After his first PGA Tour win at the age of 41 at the 2004 Texas Open, Bryant went on to win two other major tournaments in 2005: the Memorial and the prestigious Tour Championship, where he beat Tiger Woods in second by a record six shots.
His brother Brad Bryant is also a professional golfer. He won the 1995 Walt Disney World Classic, making the Bryants one of only 12 pairs of brothers to ever win on the PGA Tour.