Bart Bryant's 0-for-186 streak is over.
Bryant closed out the Texas Open in San Antonio with a 3-under-par 67 yesterday to claim his first PGA Tour victory by three strokes over Patrick Sheehan. The 41-year-old Bryant finished at 19-under 261 to win in his 187th tour event.
"One tournament does not make a career," he said. "This is just the beginning, that's what I'd like to think."
Playing under a major medical extension this season because of elbow surgery in 2003, Bryant needed to win about $409,000 in 23 tournaments to retain his exempt status. Entering the Texas Open, he had earned just over $260,000 in 17 events.
With the victory, Bryant, who has gone through PGA Tour Qualifying School five times, earned $630,000 and a two-year tour exemption.
He is the third straight over-40 golfer to win the Texas Open, joining Tommy Armour III, last year's winner, and Loren Roberts, the 2002 champ.
Bart and Brad Bryant, the winner of the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic in 1995, join Dave and Mike Hill, Lionel and Jay Hebert and Curt and Tom Byrum as the only brothers to win tour events.
Brad Bryant, who finished in a tie for 37th at 273, looked on as his younger brother was given the trophy and oversized check.
"I think this is bigger for me than when I won," he said. "He has been through so much, and he's persevered. For our family, this is so big."
Bart Bryant, who matched the year's low round on tour with a 10-under 60 Saturday, played bogey-free golf over his last 49 holes.
* LPGA: Hee Won Han made a four-foot birdie putt on the first playoff hole to beat Lorie Kane and win the Safeway Classic in Portland, Ore.
Han birdied the par-4 18th in regulation to force the playoff with Kane at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. The South Korean, who closed with a 5-under 67 for a 9-under 207 total, won her third LPGA Tour title.
Two-time defending champion Annika Sorenstam had a final-round 70 and finished in a group two shots back at 7-under 209.