Bert Bryant, who once defeated Tiger Woods to win the biggest paycheck of his career, was killed when a truck crashed into his SUV when he was stopped in a car line on a Central Florida road for a construction worker, authorities said.
Bryant, 59, a three-time winner of the PGA Tour, was unresponsive when emergency responders found him in Polk City. He died at the hospital. His wife, Donna, 49, was in the car and was taken to hospital with minor injuries, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Commissioner P Monahan said, “The PGA Tour mourns the tragic death of Bert Bryant and our hearts go out to his family and friends at this difficult time.” “Bryant has been a part of the PGA Tour family for over four decades and we are grateful for the impact and legacy he has created on our organization and countless communities. Burt will be greatly missed.”
In 1992 he underwent rotator cuff surgery which sent him on a mini-tour and trip to PGA Tour Qualifying School to hold his card. He also had surgery on both elbows and won his first tournament at the 2004 Texas Open.
Nothing tops in the 2005 season. He stopped Fred Kapal to win the memorial by protecting the equivalent from a creek in the 18th hole in the village of Murfield. And at the East Lake Tour Championship at the end of the year, he opened with 62 and went Wire-to-Wire, winning six shots on Woods.
Woods has finished the most shots as a runner-up.
According to the sheriff’s office, Bryant’s SUV was stopped at a construction site near a crossroads. A truck traveling in the same direction failed to see their stopped SUV and pushed it, the sheriff’s office said.