Bart Bryant wins Tour Championship

Bart Bryant won the PGA Tour Championship on Sunday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:53 IST
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Atlanta:East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia was the site for this week's stop on the US PGA tour, and the Tour Championship. Third round leader Bart Bryant did not succumb to nerves on Sunday. Quite the opposite. He seemed relaxed, and in fact, birdied three of the first four holes he played. By the time he had birdied the 4th hole, to lower his score to 17-under par, he held a 6-shot edge on Retief Goosen. World number two Vijay Singh finished in a 3-way tie for fourth place, with Goosen and Davis Love the third. Singh made a nice birdie at the eighth hole and thus lowered his score to 6-under par. He would complete the tournament at 7-under. American Scott Verplank, a PGA veteran, ended the Tour Championship in sole possession of third place, finishing on 9-under par. Verplank made birdie on the 7th hole to lower his score to 9-under par. Retief Goosen was bidding to win this event for the second consecutive year. His chances looked good when his well-paced birdie putt on the 8th hole found the cup, improving his score to 11-under. He was only four shots back of Bryant at that point. However, it all fell apart when he bogeyed four of the first five holes on the back nine. Tiger Woods tried to mount his usual Sunday charge. But he too came up short, finishing a full six shots behind Bart Bryant. He birdied the 10th hole to improve to 12-under, but later lost a stroke and had to settle for runner-up status. This though, was Bryant's day - Bryant's tournament. The 42 year-old American finished on 17-under 263 and break by four shots the 72-hole record at the Tour Championship set five years ago at East Lake by Phil Mickelson. His victory margin matched the largest by Tom Lehman at Southern Hills in 1996. Bryant, who didn't win on the PGA Tour until last year at the Texas Open, added two big trophies this year - the Memorial in June, and the season-ending Tour Championship - to break into the top 30 on the money list. Bryant had every reason to abandon his career during his first 18 years on the PGA Tour. He had rotator cuff surgery in 1992, bounced around the mini-tours, made a half-dozen trips to qualifying school and had surgery on both elbows until he finally broke through at the Texas Open last year. (AP)

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