How pro may keep Tour card with one of the wildest recoveries you’ll see

Wesley Bryan

Wesley Bryan hits his second shot on Friday on the 8th hole at Innisbrook.

From behind a bush. On your knees. Then, on your next and final hole, stuff it to 3 feet. All while playing for your PGA Tour life. 

Surf the Bryan Bros Golf YouTube page, and there are dozens of videos that capture the golfing life of brothers Wesley and George Bryan. Matches, trick shots, you name it. On Friday, Wesley added another. 


Wesley is also a Tour pro, and at this week’s Valspar Championship, he is playing in his final event on a major medical exemption. Which means this: Finish at 51st alone, and he secures conditional Tour status. But finish sixth alone, and Wesley Bryan keeps his card.  

Only, with two holes left at Innisbrook, and sitting on the cut line, Bryan double-crossed an iron over the par-3 8th green and into a bush. 

“That is not good,” analyst Gary Koch said on the Golf Channel broadcast. 

But this was.  

Bryan kneeled down into the bush. He choked down on an iron and slapped his ball out, avoiding the greenside bunkers. From 34 yards out, he pitched to 2 feet and cleaned up for a bogey four. 

Now one over the cutline with one hole to play, Bryan hit just three more shots. On the par-4 9th, after a drive down the left side of the fairway, he hit his approach to 3 feet and rolled in the putt for a three. 

Six strokes. When seven would have sent him home. He started Saturday tied for 49th with a whopping 23 other players, then shot a one-under 70. On Sunday, Bryan will begin in the same position, though now with 12 others; he’s seven shots back of a tie for sixth.         

“ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?! WE STILL HAVE HOPE!!!!!!!” the Bryan Bros Golf Twitter account wrote shortly after the knees shot.

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