Bart Bryant's 0-for-186 streak is over.
Bryant closed the Texas Open with 3-under 67 Sunday to claim his first PGA Tour victory by three strokes over Patrick Sheehan. The 41-year-old finished 19-under 261 to win in his 187th tour event.
"One tournament does not make a career," said Bryant, who was born in Gatesville, Texas, but resides in the Central Florida city of Ocoee. "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 Open, he had earned just more than $260,000 in 17 events.
With the victory, Bryant, who has gone through 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, 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.
Bart Bryant, who matched the year's low round on tour with 10-under 60 Saturday, played bogey-free over his last 49 holes.
Sheehan (66) was within striking distance, then three-putted from 22 feet for bogey on 16.
LPGA TOUR: Hee-Won Han made a 4-foot birdie 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. The South Korean, who closed with 5-under 67 for 9-under 207, won her third tour title.
Annika Sorenstam (70) finished in a group at 7 under. Candie Kung (72), the co-leader with Kane entering the final round, was two strokes back. At No. 18 in the playoff, Han hit her approach shot within 4 feet, and Kane landed on the green about 80 feet from the hole. Kane's long birdie try narrowly missed the hole, but she made an 8-footer for par.
FLORIDA JUNIOR TOUR: Andrew Colvin (72), 14, of Longwood defeated Ming-Hao Wang (69), 14, of Bradenton on the second playoff hole of the tour's season opener in Winter Garden. Wang saved par on the first playoff hole, then bogeyed the second, which Colvin parred. Both finished at 144. For the girls, Andrea Messer (72-78_150), 14, of Belleair won by three strokes over Courtney Harter, 15, of Clearwater (77).