News & ToursMay 9, 2008

Maggert's Brother Killed in Colorado Plane Crash

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Jeff Maggert withdrew from the Players last night due to the death of his older brother Barry, who died in a plane crash in Colorado.

According to the Carbondale (Colo.) Valley Journal, Barry Maggert, 55, died Thursday, when the plane he was piloting crashed in the mountains west of Denver. The Gilpin County Sheriff's office said Maggert and a 23-year-old passenger were bound for Boulder and the graduation of Maggert's son, Lee, when the crash happened. The unidentified passenger survived and called 911. Barry Maggert's twin sons Lee and Bryant are both 23 years old.

Jeff Maggert, who shot 72 in the first round of the Players, withdrew after learning of the tragedy Thursday night. Commissioner Tim Finchem released a statement offering condolences to Maggert and his family.

"This is obviously a tragic accident, and our thoughts and prayers are with Jeff and his family," Finchem said. "The PGA TOUR is here with any support we can offer the Maggerts during this difficult time."

--John Antonini

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