Bart Bryant, 3-time PGA Tour Winner, Dies in Car Accident at Age 59

FILE – Bart Bryant tees off on the eighth hole, Feb. 15, 2015, during the 2015 ACE Group Classic golf tournament in Naples, Fla. Professional golfer Bryant was killed and his wife was injured when a truck slammed into their SUV while they were stopped in a line of vehicles on a central Florida roadway for a construction crew, authorities said Wednesday, June 1, 2022. (Corey Perrine/Naples Daily News via AP, File)

Bart Bryant, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour who bested Tiger Woods by six strokes to win the 2005 Tour Championship, died Tuesday in a car accident at the age of 59, it was announced.

Bryant was killed and his wife was injured when a truck slammed into their SUV while they were stopped in a line of vehicles on a central Florida roadway for a construction crew, Polk County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office officials said Wednesday.

Bryant was unresponsive when emergency responders in Polk City found him Tuesday afternoon. He was taken to a hospital where he died. His wife, Donna, 49, was taken to a hospital with minor injuries.

According to the sheriff’s office, the Bryants’ SUV was stopped at the construction site near an intersection. A truck traveling in the same direction failed to see their stopped SUV and slammed into it, the sheriff’s office said. An investigation was ongoing.

“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,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said in a statement. “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 organization and countless communities. Bart will be dearly missed.”

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