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A unique day for Bryants

Posted: March 16, 2008 2:01 a.m.
Updated: May 17, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 
Just talking about his 45-year-old brother Bart, Uncle Bart as he called him, made the whites of Brad Bryant's eyes turn pink.

As his emotions nearly reached the point of tears, the 53-year-old was able to hold back.

He should have been celebrating his own stellar round two of the AT&T Champions Classic at Valencia Country Club, after shooting 5-under to move into sole possession of the tournament at 7-under.

Instead, he appeared happier that brother Bart was in a tie for first place with five other golfers, including Tiger Woods and Vijay Singh, at the PGA TOUR's Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill in Orlando, Fla.

"If he wins it's worth a million and we share," Bryant joked.

But there's an obvious bond there.

On Bryant's Champions Tour bio, he lists his brother Bart as his favorite athlete.

His biggest thrills in golf - watching his brother win two titles on the PGA TOUR.

Bryant won one - the 1995 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic.

He's also won four times on the Champions Tour.

Yet he's steadfast in his support of Bart.

"You're biggest hope in life for the people you love most is for them to exceed what you've done," Bryant said.

He said he didn't know of his brother's score until he left the course Saturday.

Bryant probably wouldn't talk to him Saturday night, he added.

His focus is set on today's final round.

Bryant has never led after a round on the Champions Tour.

His last lead was on the PGA Tour in 1997's Tucson Chrysler Classic.

He finished tied for third place.

Bryant said he's struggled in the past on the greens at Valencia Country Club, where he finished tied for eighth in 2005 and tied for 41st in 2006.

He said after his performance Saturday, he has a little more confidence on the VCC greens.

Bryant finished off his day with six one-putts and made a 37 1/2 footer for eagle on No. 15.

He said regardless of how the Bryant family finishes today, he'll still be proud.

Bart will have to buy mom and dad a car, though.

Bryant would take home $240,000 if he wins the Classic.

He said people will keep him informed of his brother's progress during the day.

"If Bart wins (today), it will be difficult for me to control my emotions. I would love to see it happen. He's come so far in the last few years. We both have actually. It's been a pretty neat few years in the Bryant family," he said.

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