It says a lot that Wesley Bryan, winner of the 2017 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Links on Georgia’s Hilton Head, is better known as a YouTube golfer these days, but such is the popularity of the video sharing platform that the @BryanBrosGolf channel has arguably raised the profile of the brothers to the point that a PGA Tour winner and his until-now journeyman brother enjoy near-equal popularity.
Going head-to-head on YouTube is one thing, but the brothers ended up going head-to-head in a different environment this week when they featured in the Monday Qualifier for the Wyndham Championship, the final event on the regular PGA Tour circuit before the Fed-Ex playoffs ramp into gear.
Hank Lebioda’s 65 was the best score on the day, but six players shot 65 and among these were the Bryan brothers, who’d be forced to duel it out with Joey Lane, John Lyras, Ricky Palonis and Tommy ‘Two Gloves’ Gainey in a six-for-three.
Unfortunately for George, he’d play the bridesmaid to his younger brother once again, as Wesley joined Lane and Gainey in the field assembling at Sedgewick Country Club.
“Well, one of us had to win and one of us had to lose—well, I guess theoretically, both could have won, both could have lost, six-for-three playoff,” Wesley said on his Instagram story. “Unfortunately, George did not make it through, fortunately, I did make it through. Sorry George, still love you, but I’m still going to try to beat you until the day I die. In everything.”
George had previously caddied for Wesley on Tour, but they’d separated as player and caddie by the time Wesley recorded his career highlight win over nearest challenger Luke Donald at Hilton Head.
George could yet have the last laugh though, having registered to compete in PGA Tour Q-School in the hopes that he could prove that he has what it takes to compete with the games elite players on live television as opposed to on a video sharing platform.