Keegan Bradley got hot on Thursday morning and fired an opening round -10 under par 60 at The HP Byron Nelson Championship. The score was good for a new course record at TPC Four Seasons Resort which was previously 61 set by Charlie Rymer in 1996, and followed by Justin Leonard in 2001, and Cameron Beckman in 2010.
Bradley’s opening round score ties older tournament records of 60 set in 1957 by Sam Snead in the second round at Glen Lakes, and Arron Oberholser who shot a 60 in the second round at Cottonwood Valley. Keegan opened up in the morning session on the back nine, and took advantage of the overnight moisture on the green. He won his first PGA Tour event here in 2011.
“Just a really fun round,” Bradley said. “Kind of felt like a Saturday morning round with my buddies.”
Bradley got it going early with a birdie run that started on the 11th hole, and another two in a row at 15 and 16 before he gave one back at 18. The bogeys at 18, and one cost him a shot at the a 59. His assault continued on the front nine as he took advantage of the lift-clean-and-place conditions. He posted five more birdies, and an eagle three at the par five fifth hole. He closed out the front in 29, and a three shot clubhouse lead over Charl Schwartzel who also had a decent round.
The 2011 PGA Champion didn’t hit a lot of fairways on Thursday, but with a driving average of 314 yards, he was able to get to the greens at an 83% clip. The old saying from Sam Snead, “Drive for Show putt for dough” saying held true, as Bradley averaged 1.4 putts per green, and gained 3.172 strokes with the flat stick.
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