ENDICOTT, N.Y. — Bart Bryant made a 25-foot birdie putt on the ultimate gap Sunday to win the Dick’s Sporting Goods Open for the second time in six years.
With taking part in associate Michael Bradley going through a 7-foot birdie putt that he would make, the 55-year-old Bryant rolled in a left-to-right breaking putt for a 7-under 65 and a 1-stroke victory.
“It felt good. It really did,” Bryant stated. “He hit a great shot in there. He went after the pin, which he had to do. … I gave it a good run. But to make a putt like that to win a tournament, there’s a little bit of luck involved, and it was just kind of my day. … I’ve had putts made on me on 18 to lose before, so it’s nice to be on the other end of the stick this time.”
Bradley, the second-round chief, bogeyed the par-Four 15th in a 68.
“It was fun. We had a good time,” Bradley stated. “He shot 65-65 on the weekend. That’s tough to beat. But I put a little pressure on. I hit a good shot into 18. He made a helluva putt.”
Also the 2013 winner at En-Joie Golf Club, Bryant made six birdies in a nine-hole stretch from the third to the 11th and had six straight pars earlier than the successful birdie putt on the par-Four 18th.
“I played awfully well. I didn’t hit a bad shot today,” Bryant stated. “I played conservatively, a little bit conservative coming in, but smart. It got the job done. Very pleased with the way everything went.”
Bryant completed at 16-under 200. The three-time PGA Tour winner’s solely senior victories have come at En-Joie, the positioning of the PGA Tour’s B.C. Open from 1972 to 2005.
The 52-year-old Bradley is winless on the 50-and-over tour after successful 4 instances on the PGA Tour.
“I played solid, 65-68-68,” he stated. “I just got beat.”
Tom Gillis (67) and Marco Dawson (68) tied for third at 13 below, a stroke forward of Paul Goydos (65), Kenny Perry (67) and Mark Calcavecchia (67).