PGA Tour pro, from a bush, keeps dream alive with BONKERS finish

PGA Tour pro Wesley Bryan was playing his last event on a medical exemption at the Valspar Championship. Then he did this. 

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Sat, 19 Mar 2022
PGA Tour pro, from a bush, keeps dream alive with BONKERS finish

PGA Tour pro Wesley Bryan kept alive his hopes of retaining his full playing rights as he conjured the craziest finish you'll likely see this season. 

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Bryan, 31, was playing in his final event on a medical exemption at the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook. With the cut line at 3-under, he was right on track to cruise into the weekend. 

He knew as much. Bryan was well aware he needed to finish inside the top six to keep his full playing rights. While that may be a lofty goal, he can conditionally keep his playing rights by finishing 51st or better. 

If you take a browse around golf channels on YouTube, you'll come across Bryan Bros. Wesley's older brother George (also a pro) documents their lives in golf. 

Wesley Bryan is a bit of a character. George actually captured the moment on film when he injured his wrist. After one drive, Wesley fell to the ground in absolute agony. 

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He has filmed his return from injury and rehab. Wesley has struggled in recent events, missing cuts at The American Express, WM Phoenix Open and the Honda Classic. 

Which leads us to our scene of the great escape. Bryan had played the back nine first at Innisbrook for his second round. 

By the time he got to the eighth hole, everything was looking rosey. But he double-crossed his tee shot and ended up in a bush. 

With his PGA Tour life on the line, he got to his knees and choked down on his iron. Eagle eyed viewers will have noticed WEDGELEY written on the back of his caddie's bib, such is his skill around the greens. 

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It was a par-3 so this made it all the more difficult. Bryan managed to slap the ball out from 34 yards. He pitched it to two feet and cleaned up a bogey. 

Which leads us to the par-4 ninth hole with everything to play for. Bryan sent his tee shot down the left side of the fairway. Job number one done. 

From there, he absolutely stiffed his approach to three feet and made the birdie.

George captured the moment on film and was updating his progress in real time. He couldn't believe. We couldn't believe it. Neither could Wesley.

Bring on the weekend. 

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