Bart Bryant watches his tee shot on the 9th hole during the second round of the Encompass Championship golf tournament in Glenview, Ill., Saturday, June 21, 2014. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Nam Y. Huh
August 14, 2014

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.

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