ENDICOTT, N.Y. (AP) Bart Bryant is back to defend his Dick's Sporting Goods Open title on the Champions Tour.
Bryant won last year as a rookie in his 14th start on the circuit. It was his first victory since winning the 2005 Tour Championship, ending a drought of 7 years, 9 months, 11 days. He also won the 2005 Memorial and the 2004 Valero Texas Open on the PGA Tour.
Bryant stands 17th on Tour in 2014 earnings ($504,883) and ranks among the top 10 in driving accuracy, scoring average and accuracy, which is paramount on the short-and-narrow layout.
Bernhard Langer has $2,375,020 in money earnings this year and is seeking to become the first player to cross the $3-milllion mark in single-season earnings since Hale Irwin set an all-time record in 2002 with $3,028,304.