Bryant Cruises to Record-Setting Win

By Sports NetworkNovember 6, 2005, 5:00 pm
2005 Tour ChampionshipATLANTA -- Bart Bryant wasted little time in putting the Tour Championship away on Sunday. Already armed with a three-shot lead, Bryant birdied his first two holes en route to a 3-under 67. He finished at 17-under-par 263 to win by six at East Lake Golf Club.
 
'This goes so far beyond all of my expectations,' admitted Bryant, who pocketed $1,080,000 for the win. 'It's just amazing and a real dream come true.'
 
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods couldn't catch Bart Bryant on Sunday and had to settle for his third runner-up finish at the Tour Championship.
It was a record-setting week for Bryant that started with a course-record 62 on Thursday. He established a new 54-hole record on Saturday, then obliterated Phil Mickelson's former tournament mark by four shots.
 
The win was Bryant's third in the last year and a half. He captured the 2004 Texas Open, and earlier this season the 41-year-old won the Memorial.
 
So how does a former journeyman go to three-time winner and Tour Champion?
 
'Maybe a little maturity, confidence and throw in a little bit of luck,' said Bryant. 'I have a lot of people who have believed in me and I started buying into their belief.'
 
Tiger Woods finished as the runner-up in this event for the third time. He managed a 1-under 69 on Sunday to come in a distant second at 11-under-par 269.
 
'It was up to us to try and go get him,' said Woods, who won the 2005 PGA Tour money title with over $10 million. 'He wasn't going to come back to us. We didn't do that today.'
 
Scott Verplank shot a 1-under 69 and finished alone in third place at minus-9. Retief Goosen, who was in second place after the third round, struggled to a 4-over 74 on Sunday. He tied for fourth place with Vijay Singh (67) and Davis Love III (69) at 7-under-par 273.
 
Any challenger had to feel disheartened when Bryant played the first hole.
 
Bryant knocked his approach at No. 1 to 6 feet and ran home the birdie putt. He made it two in a row at the second to post a five-stroke cushion.
 
The 42-year-old holed a 14-foot birdie putt at four and it looked like the rout was on. Unfortunately, an errant drive at five and a swim in the water at the sixth led to a pair of bogeys. But since no other player was threatening the lead, Bryant was four ahead.
 
At the par-5 ninth, Bryant's second landed in a greenside bunker, but he blasted out to 7 feet and converted the birdie try.
 
It was at this point that Woods began making some noise with birdies at nine, 10 and 12. The closest Woods got was four, but the unflappable Bryant answered the challenge from the No. 1 player in the world.
 
Bryant drained a 25-foot birdie putt at the 11th and a 33-footer for birdie at 12. He was five ahead, but did find some trouble at the par-5 16th hole. Bryant's second sailed over the green and landed against a fence. He advanced his third to the fringe and could not get up and down for par.
 
Woods was unable to take advantage of Bryant's mistake. Woods' drive at the 16th went into the trees and led to a penalty drop. He could not save bogey, so Bryant played the last three holes with a six-shot lead.
 
Bryant played to the safest places on the greens at 16 and 17 and walked off with pars. His tee ball on the par-3 18th went through the green, but Bryant chipped to 2 feet and stroked home the par putt.
 
Adam Scott (67), Stuart Appleby (68), Ben Crane (69) and Padraig Harrington (69) tied for seventh place at 6-under-par 274.
 
Related Links:
  • Leaderboard - The Tour Championship
  • Full Coverage - The Tour Championship
  • Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

    By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

    Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

    With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

    Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

    The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

    Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

    In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.

    Getty Images

    Awards season: Handing out the 2017 Rexys

    By Rex HoggardDecember 14, 2017, 7:00 pm

    After careful consideration and an exhaustive review of 2017 we present The Rexys, a wildly incomplete and arbitrary line up following one of the most eventful years in golf.

     There will be omissions – just keep your calls, concerns and even e-mails to yourself. We appreciate your patronage, but not your feedback.



    It’s Not You, It’s Me Award. You know the deal: You can’t be a part of two until you’re a better one; but on this front it’s really just a desire to find a better two.

    It was a tough year for caddies, and not just any caddies. In June, Phil Mickelson split with longtime bagman Jim “Bones” Mackay. Both player and caddie cited the need for “change,” but the move reverberated throughout the game.

    “The fairytale is over,” mused one caddie when told of the high-profile split.

    In the wake of the Lefty/Bones break, Rory McIlroy split with his caddie J.P Fitzgerald, and Jason Day replaced looper/swing coach Colin Swatton on his bag. It all proves yet again that there are only two kinds of caddies, those who have been fired and those who are about to be fired.



    Run for the Rose Cup. Sergio Garcia got the green jacket, a lifetime exemption to the game’s most coveted member-member and a long-awaited major, but Justin Rose took home the slightly less prestigious “Rose Cup.”

    Following a frenzied afternoon at Augusta National in April, Rose lost to Garcia on the first playoff hole, but he won so much more with his honesty and class.

    “You're going to win majors and you're going to lose majors, but you've got to be willing to lose them,” Rose figured following the final round. “You've got to put yourself out there. You've got to hit the top of the leaderboard. There's a lot of pressure out there and if you're not willing to enjoy it, then you're not ready to win these tournaments. I loved it out there.”

    Few have made losing look so dignified and fewer still are as easy to root for.



    Half-Empty Cup. It was the perfect setting, with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline and the promise of the Tristate masses descending on this fall’s Presidents Cup.

    If only all those rowdy New Yorkers had something to cheer.

    For the sixth time in the last seven matches, the U.S. team rolled to a victory of at least three points. This particular edition was even in danger of ending on Saturday afternoon thanks to a particularly dominant performance by a young American squad led by Steve Stricker.

    Officials spoke of the purity of the competition and the attention the ’17 cup generated, but however you spin the 19-11 rout, this cup is half empty.



    Enigma Award. The actual hardware is simply an oversized question mark and was sent directly to Tiger Woods’ South Florida compound following the most curious of seasons.

    While it’s become customary in recent years to consider the uncertain path that awaits the 14-time major winner, this most recent calendar brought an entirely new collection of questions following fusion surgery on his lower back in April, his arrest for DUI on Memorial Day and, finally, a glimmer of hope born from his tie for ninth at the Hero World Challenge earlier this month.

    When will he play again? Can he compete against the current generation of world-beaters? Can his body withstand the rigors of a full PGA Tour schedule? Should Jim Furyk make him a captain’s pick now or wait to see if he should be driving a vice captain’s golf cart instead?

    Little is certain when it comes to Woods, and the over-sized question mark goes to ... the guy in red and black.



    After Further Review Chalice. In April, Lexi Thompson endured a heartbreaking loss at the ANA Inspiration, the byproduct of a surreal ruling that arrived a day late via a viewer e-mail and cost the would-be winner a major championship.

    The entire event was so unsavory that the USGA and R&A made not one but two alterations to the rules and created a “working group” to avoid similar snafus in the future.

    That working group – it turns out the U.S. Ryder Cup team has some sort of copyright on “task force” – initially issued a decision that introduced a “reasonable judgment” and a “naked eye” standard to video reviews, and last week the rule makers kept the changes coming.

    The new protocols on video review will now include an official to monitor tournament broadcasts and ended the practice of allowing fans to call in, or in this case e-mail, possible infractions to officials. The USGA and R&A also eliminated the two-stroke penalty for players who sign incorrect scorecards when the player is unaware of the penalty.

    While all this might be a step in the right direction, it does nothing to change Thompson’s fate. The AFR Chalice won’t change the harsh reality, but at least it will serve as a reminder of how she helped altered the rulemaking landscape.



    Nothing Runs Like a Deere Award. Nothing gets fans fired up like officials turning fields of fescue rough into hay on the eve of a major championship, and the USGA’s decision to do some 11th-hour trimming at Erin Hills in June certainly caught many by surprise.

    Officials said the nip/tuck on four holes was in reaction to a particularly foreboding forecast that never materialized, and the maintenance drew the ire of some players.

    “We have 60 yards from left line to right line,” Rory McIlroy said. “You’ve got 156 of the best players in the world here; if we can’t hit it within that avenue, you might as well pack your bags and go home.”

    The record low scoring at the U.S. Open – winner Brooks Koepka finished with a 16-under total – didn’t help ease the fervor and had some questioning whether the softer side of the USGA has gone a bit too far?

    Getty Images

    Podcast: Daly takes big pride in 'Little John'

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 14, 2017, 5:28 pm

    John Daly is a two-time major champion, but the newest trophy in his household belongs to someone else.

    That’s because Daly’s son, 14-year-old Little John “LJ” Daly, rallied to capture an IJGT junior golf event over the weekend. The younger Daly birdied the first extra hole to win a five-person playoff at Harbour Town Golf Links, site of the PGA Tour’s RBC Heritage.

    Daly recently sat down for a Golf Channel podcast to describe what it’s like to cheer for his son and PNC Father-Son Challenge partner, share the unique challenge presented by the upcoming Diamond Resorts Invitational and reflect on some of the notable highs of a career that has now spanned more than 25 years.

    Sneds starts slowly in Masters invite bid

    By Will GrayDecember 14, 2017, 4:22 pm

    Brandt Snedeker flew halfway around the world in search of a Masters invite, but after one round of the Indonesian Masters it appears he'll likely return home empty-handed.

    Snedeker made only two birdies during his opening round in Indonesia, shooting an even-par 72 that left him in a tie for 77th and 10 shots behind leader Justin Rose. This is the final OWGR-rated event of 2017, and as a result it has drawn several notable entrants, including Snedeker, who hope to crack the top 50 in the world rankings by year's end to secure a trip to Augusta National.


    Full-field scores from the Indonesian Masters


    Snedeker started the year ranked No. 28, but after missing five months because of injury he entered the week ranked No. 51 and is projected to slip even further by the end of the month. As a result, he likely needs a top-3 finish in order to secure a return to the Masters, which he has missed only once since 2007.

    World No. 55 Dylan Frittelli also struggled, shooting a 4-over 76 in the opening round, while No. 56 Kiradech Aphibarnrat is tied for 14th at 4 under. Yusaku Miyazato, currently 58th in the world, is tied for ninth and five shots behind Rose.

    Should Snedeker and the other hopefuls fail to crack the top 50 by the end of the year, two paths to the Masters remain: win a full-point event on the PGA Tour in early 2018 or be inside the top 50 in the world rankings when the final cutoff is made on March 25.