Bart Bryant, a three-time PGA Tour winner, died Tuesday in a car accident, according to the Tour. He was 59.

Bryant's was a story of professional perseverance. He won his first PGA Tour event at 41, when he captured the 2004 Valero

Texas Open in his 187th start. The following season, he won the Memorial Tournament and the Tour Championship.

Not only did Bryant capture a pair of the Tour's top prizes, he beat its biggest names to do so. He edged Fred Couples by a

shot and beat Tiger Woods by four, to earn the Memorial trophy from Jack Nicklaus.

He then cruised to victory at East Lake in '05, beating runner-up Woods by six.

Bryant, born in 1962 in Gatesville, Texas, went on to twice on the PGA Tour Champions,

including in his first start in 2013. He was the circuit's 1,000th winner.