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Brad Bryant wins first Champions Tour title

Brad Bryant won his first Champions Tour title Sunday, closing with a 5-under 66 for a one-stroke victory over Bobby Wadkins, John Harris and 2005 winner Mark Johnson in the Toshiba Classic.

Bryant finished with a 9-under 204 total and earned $247,500. Wadkins also closed with a 66 and Harris and Johnson shot 68s.

"I didn't think that 9 under would win," said Bryant, playing his 27th event on the 50-and-over tour. "I thought it would take around 15 to win."

Bryant, who won the 1995 Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic for his lone PGA Tour title, birdied five of the last eight holes after opening with 10 straight pars. He finished the round with a 7-foot birdie putt on No. 18.

"I was more than a little excited to say the least," Bryant said. "It's been a long time since I've been in that position. My heart was going 100 mph."

Wadkins made a tap-in birdie on the par-5 15th to top the leaderboard at 8 under, and holed a 27-footer on No. 16 to get to 9 under. But he missed a 2-footer for par on the 17th hole to drop back.

Johnson and Vincente Fernandez both had eagle putts on the final hole to get into a playoff. Johnson's 15-foot putt missed by a foot on the left side, and Fernandez's 63-footer came up 5 feet short.

"I had great chance to make it," Johnson said. "I tried to eke it in there and I just didn't get it started high enough."

Fernandez (70) tied for fifth with Mike Reid (67) and David Eger (68) at 7 under, and Hale Irwin (67), Bob Gilder (67), Tom Wargo (68), Mike McCullough (69) and Jose Maria Canizares (69) were another stroke back.


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