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.
 
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    'The Golf Club 2019' adds Elvy to commentary team

    By Nick MentaJuly 19, 2018, 4:45 pm

    “The Golf Club 2019” is adding a new name to its commentary team.

    Broadcaster Luke Elvy will join returning announcer and HB Studios developer John McCarthy for the title's third installment.

    Golf fans will recognize Elvy from his recent work with CBS in addition to his time with Sky Sports, FOX Sports, TNT, PGA Tour Live and PGA Tour Radio.

    A 25-year media veteran from Australia, he now works in the United States and lives with his family in Canada.

    "Ian Baker-Finch was my right-hand man on Australian televison," Elvy told GolfChannel.com in an interview at the Quicken Loans National. "And Finchy said to me, 'What are you doing here? You should be with me in the States.’ He introduced me to a few people over here and that's how the transition has happened over the last five or six years."

    Elvy didn't have any prior relationship with HB Studios, who reached out to him via his management at CAA. As for why he got the job, he pseudo-jokes: "They heard the accent, and said, 'We like that. That works for us. Let's go.' That's literally how it happened."

    He participated in two separate recording sessions over three days, first at his home back in February and then at the HB Studios shortly after The Players Championship. He teased his involvement when the game was announced in May.

    Although he doesn't describe himself as a "gamer," Elvy lauded the game's immediate playability, even for a novice.

    “It’s exactly how you’d want golf to be,” he said.

    "The Golf Club 2019" will be the first in the HB series to feature PGA Tour branding. The Tour had previously licensed its video game rights to EA Sports.

    In addition to a career mode that will take players from the Web.com Tour all the way through the FedExCup Playoffs, "The Golf Club 2019" will also feature at launch replicas of six TPC courses played annually on Tour – TPC Summerlin (Shriners Hospitals for Children Open), TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course (Waste Management Phoenix Open), TPC Sawgrass’ Stadium Course (The Players Championship), TPC Southwind (FedEx St. Jude Classic/WGC-FedEx St. Jude Championship), TPC Deere Run (John Deere Classic), and TPC Boston (Dell Technologies Championship).

    “I played nine holes at Scottsdale,” Elvy added. “It’s a very close comparison. Visually, it’s very realistic."

    The Golf Club 2019 is due out this August on PlayStation 4, XBOX One, and PC.

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    Expired visa, helicopter, odd clubs all part of Vegas' journey

    By Ryan LavnerJuly 19, 2018, 3:48 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Jhonattan Vegas thought someone was playing a practical joke on him.

    Or maybe he was stuck in the middle of a horror movie.

    Scheduled to leave for The Open a week ago, he didn’t arrive at Carnoustie until a little more than an hour before his first-round tee time Thursday.

    “Even if somebody tried to do that on purpose,” he said, “you couldn’t really do it.”

    The problem was an expired visa.

    Vegas said that he must have gotten confused by the transposed date on the visa – “Guessing I’ve been living in America too long” – and assumed that he was cleared to travel.

    No problem, he was told. He’d have a new visa in 24 hours.


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    Except the consulate in New York didn’t respond to his application the next day, keeping him in limbo through the weekend. Then, on Monday, he was told that he’d applied for the wrong visa. UPS got shut down in New York and his visa never left, so Vegas waited in vain for seven hours in front of the consulate in Houston. He finally secured his visa on Wednesday morning, boarded a flight from Houston to Toronto, and then flew to Glasgow, the final leg of a 14-hour journey.

    His agent arranged a helicopter ride from Glasgow to Carnoustie to ensure that he could make his 10:31 a.m. (local) tee time.

    One more issue? His clubs never made it. They were left back in Toronto.

    His caddie, Ruben Yorio, scrambled to put together a new bag, with a mismatched set of woods, irons, wedges and putter.

    “Luckily the (equipment) vans are still here,” Vegas said. “Otherwise I probably would have played with members’ clubs today.”

    He hit about 20 balls on the range – “Luckily they were going forward” – but Carnoustie is one of the most challenging links in the world, and Vegas was working off of two hours’ sleep and without his own custom-built clubs. He shot 76 but, hey, at least he tried.

    “It was fun,” he said, “even though the journey was frustrating.”

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    'Brain fart' leads to Spieth's late collapse

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:44 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The closing stretch at Carnoustie has famously ruined many a solid round, so Jordan Spieth’s misadventures on Thursday should not have been a complete surprise, but the truth is the defending champion’s miscues were very much self-inflicted.

    Spieth was cruising along at 3 under par, just two shots off the early lead, when he made a combination of errors at the par-4 15th hole. He hit the wrong club off the tee (4-iron) and the wrong club for his approach (6-iron) on his way to a double bogey-6.

    “The problem was on the second shot, I should have hit enough club to reach the front of the green, and even if it goes 20 yards over the green, it's an easy up-and-down,” Spieth said. “I just had a brain fart, and I missed it into the location where the only pot bunker where I could actually get in trouble, and it plugged deep into it. It was a really, really poor decision on the second shot, and that cost me.”


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    Spieth continued to compound his problems with a sloppy bogey at the 16th hole, and a drive that sailed left at 18 found the Barry Burn en route to a closing bogey and a 1-over 72.

    The miscues were more mental, a lack of execution, than they were an example of how difficult the closing stretch at Carnoustie can be, and that’s not good enough for Spieth.

    “That's what I would consider as a significant advantage for me is recognizing where the misses are,” said Spieth, who was tied for 68th when he completed his round. “It felt like a missed opportunity.”

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    Perez: R&A does it right, 'not like the USGA'

    By Rex HoggardJuly 19, 2018, 2:28 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Pat Perez didn’t even attempt to hide his frustration with the USGA at last month’s U.S. Open, and after an opening-round 69 at The Open, he took the opportunity to double down on his displeasure.

    “They (the R&A) do it right, not like the USGA,” Perez said of the setup at Carnoustie. “They've got the opposite [philosophy] here. I told them, you guys have it right, let the course get baked, but you've got the greens receptive. They're not going to run and be out of control. They could have easily had the greens just like the fairway, but they didn't. The course is just set up perfect.”


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    Concerns at Shinnecock Hills reached a crescendo on Saturday when the scoring average ballooned to 75.3 and only three players broke the par of 70. Of particular concern for many players, including Perez, were some of the hole locations, given how fast and firm the greens were.

    “The U.S. Open could have been like this more if they wanted to. They could have made the greens a bit more receptive,” Perez said. “These greens are really flat compared to Shinnecock. So that was kind of the problem there is they let it get out of control and they made the greens too hard.”