Keegan Bradley, who has not had the best 2013 season so far, had a ball on Thursday at TPC Four Seasons, firing a 10-under 60 to set a course record and breathe some rarified air at the Byron Nelson Championship.
Bradley, who entered the week on the back of two straight missed cuts, at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and The Players Championship, and a T54 at the Masters, said it was pretty much fun playing with old pals Matt Kuchar and defending champ Jason Dufner on the Irving, Texas, track on which he earned his first PGA Tour win in 2011.
“It was a regular round with Duff and Kuch,” Bradley told the AP after carding 10 birdies, an eagle, and two bogeys. “It felt like a Saturday morning round with my buddies. It felt easy.”
Maybe that’s because he was putting to caverns on the greens that seemed to be the size of the net his beloved Boston Bruins took aim at Thursday night in the opening game of their second-round series with the New York Rangers.
"The hole looked huge,” said the first golfer to win a major (the 2011 PGA Championship) with a belly putter. “Even the putts I missed almost went in."
Bradley’s 60 not only matched the first-round score of his mentor, Phil Mickelson, at the Phoenix Open earlier this year, but equaled the tournament tally held by two others -- Arron Oberholser and the legendary Sam Snead -- on different courses. He flirted with going really low but back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 18 and 1 (he started on the 10th) thwarted his chances of shooting the magical 59.
"It was going right at it,” Bradley said about his 136-yard wedge shot on his last hole. “[A 59] crossed my mind for a second, and it would be unbelievable if I buried this.”
The three-time tour winner had to settle for a ho-hum three-foot birdie and will enter Friday’s second round three shots up on Charl Schwartzel, who hit every green in regulation on his way to a flawless 63.