Denis Watson and Brad Bryant are tied atop the leaderboard. John Cook bogeyed No. 15, missing a tap-in putt to fall back to second place. Watson shot a 7-under 65 and is in the clubhouse tied for the lead. Loren Roberts and Jay Haas are still on the course.
Brad Bryant, who holds a one-stroke lead through the front nine at Valencia Country Club, found out on the 10th hole that his younger brother, Bart, had just been beaten by Tiger Woods at the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill.
“I’m glad he played well,” Bryant said in an interview with the Golf Channel’s Billy Ray Brown while walking the 10th fairway. “What a week he had.”
Woods made a 24-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to edge the younger Bryant, who shot a 67 Sunday.
“Playing well down the stretch will do a lot for his confidence the rest of the season,” Brad Bryant said. “He’s giving me something to shoot for today.”
Brad Bryant, nicknamed Dr. Dirt by Gary McCord nearly 30 years ago, fired a 5-under 67 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead entering the final round of the AT&T Champions Classic at Valencia Country Club.
Bryant is at 7-under 137.
He was 5 under on the four par-5 holes in the second round and one-putted his last six greens. He had an eagle (on the par-5 15th hole), five birdies and two bogeys. His eagle putt was a 37-footer.
While Bart Bryant is among those tied for the lead at the PGA Tour’s Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill, older brother Brad Bryant took the lead at the AT&T Champions Classic with a birdie on No. 17.