Thursday, May 16, 2013
Keegan Bradley fires course record at Nelson
By Randy Jennings
IRVING, Texas -- Keegan Bradley took advantage of near-perfect scoring conditions to fire a course-record 10-under 60 in Thursday’s opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons Las Colinas.
Bradley, who won this event in 2011, made nine birdies and an eagle on greens softened by overnight rain. His eagle came at No. 7 after a 6-iron approach that Bradley called one of his best shots of the year.
"Shooting a course record is pretty unbelievable at an event like this, considering the history and the players that have won and the players that have played here before," Bradley said. "It was an explosive kind of round. All I had to do was get the ball on the green. The hole looked huge today; even the putts I missed almost went in."
Bradley also credited the chemistry from playing partners and Ryder Cup teammates Matt Kuchar and Jason Dufner, the the defending champion.
"It felt like a Saturday morning round with your buddies," Bradley said.
A 59 wasn’t really in the equation because Bradley finished eagle, birdie, birdie. His 136-yard approach to the final hole for eagle was on line and stopped three feet from the hole.
"It crossed my mind for a second it would be unbelievable if I buried this," Bradley said of his shot from the fairway.
Despite the heavy rain and storms Wednesday, play began on time at 7 a.m.
"I saw a bunker full of water this morning, so I didn’t expect the course to be in great shape," said South African Charl Schwartzel, who shot 63 and is currently second to Bradley, "but surprisingly, it was very good."