Bart Bryant dead at 59: Golf star killed in car accident

The golf world has been rocked by tragedy after Bart Bryant was killed in a car accident, years after his first wife died of cancer.

Golf star Bart Bryant has tragically died aged 59 after being involved in a fatal car accident on Wednesday.

A three-time PGA Tour winner, Bryant beat Tiger Woods to claim the biggest and most lucrative victory of his career at the 2005 Tour Championship, The Sun reports.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office told TMZ Bryant was killed after a pick-up truck failed to stop and slammed into the back of his Volkswagen SUV.

Police said the driver of the Ford F-150 did not see Bryant’s SUV stop and slammed into it.

The golf star’s wife, Donna, was also in the vehicle at the time of the accident.

First responders found Bryant unresponsive and transported him to a local hospital, where he later died.

Donna was also transported to the hospital with minor injuries.

Officials are now investigating why the driver of the pick-up did not stop.

Tour commissioner Jay Monahan confirmed Bryant’s death on Thursday, saying: “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.

“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 organisation and countless communities. Bart will be dearly missed.”

Bryant turned pro in 1986 but struggled with injuries during the early stages of his career. He considered quitting the sport after a shoulder injury sent him off the Tour in the early ‘90s.

Eventually, he won his first PGA Tour in 2004 at the Valero Texas Open, making him the oldest first-time winner at 41.

Bryant earned three PGA victories after turning 40, two of which came in 2005 when he won two of the Tour’s biggest events, the Tour Championship and Memorial Tournament.

“I certainly don’t put myself in the same category as Retief (Goosen) and Vijay (Singh) and Davis Love and Tiger Woods,” Bryant said after his Tour Championship victory.

“I mean, these guys are the elite players in the world … but I have found out that if I’m on top of my game under the right conditions, I definitely can compete with these guys.”

During the latter stages of his career, Bryant also won the Dicks Sporting Goods Open in 2013 and 2018.

He is survived by his wife, daughters Kristen and Michelle and his stepchildren.

Bryant’s first wife, Cathy, passed away in 2017 from brain cancer, 11 months after her diagnosis.

This story first appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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