Bryant defeats Eaks in playoff at Regions Charity Classic

May 20, 2007 - 11:09 PM BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Ticker) -- Bart Bryant's fast finish ended an improbable streak.

Following a brilliant final-round 65, Bryant birdied the third playoff hole to defeat R.W. Eaks and capture the Regions Charity Classic on Sunday.

The tournament's defending champion, Bryant charged from five strokes back entering the final round to win the $240,000 first-place check.

In doing so, Bryant became the only repeat winner in the history of this event.

The Regions Charity Classic had been the only tournament on the tour that has been played at least 15 years without having a defending champion win.

Bryant had seven birdies, including four straight from Nos. 13-16, and no bogeys, a score that was matched by only two others, including Eaks.

Following a bogey at the second hole, Eaks carded six birdies and an eagle at the par-5 13th hole to force a playoff with Bryant.

The duo finished at 12-under 204, one shot ahead of Tom Kite and Denis Watson. Kite (66) had a spectacular finish with four birdies and an eagle in a six-hole stretch on the back nine.

Bryant and Eaks each parred the 18th hole twice in the playoff, and the third time proved to be the charm for the defending champ, as he birdied the hole to earn the victory.

Bob Gilder, who led by two shots after Saturday's second round, got off to a good start with birdies at the first and third holes, but he had three bogeys the rest of the way and tumbled to a 73 to finish at 207. Gilder had won five of the 10 tournaments he has led or shared the lead entering the final round on the tour.

Seve Ballesteros signed for a 73 - his best round in his Champions Tour debut - but still finished in a tie for last place with Lee Trevino at 16-over 232.

The 50-year-old Spaniard had five bogeys and four birdies in his roller-coaster round. Ballesteros shot a 9-over 81 Saturday to follow up his opening 78 Friday.






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