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.
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.
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.