Keegan Bradley feels right at home at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. The 2011 Champion fired a first-round 10-under 60 to set the TPC Four Seasons course record, despite hitting two bogies. He has a three-shot lead over Charl Schwartzel.
Bradley finished Thursday’s round with an eagle on the par-5 No. 7 (his 16th hole) and birdies on No. 8 and No. 9 to break the course record by one shot. He is the first person to ever eagle, birdie, birdie those holes.
The 60 matched the lowest round ever at the Nelson. Arron Oberholser shot a 60 at Cottonwood Valley in the second round of the 2006 tournament. Sam Snead shot 60 in the 1957 tournament at Glen Eagles Country Club.
Tiger Woods, Justin Leonard, Cameron Beckman and Charlie Rymer previously held the course record at TPC Four Seasons after each shot a 61.
Three golfers are tied for third place behind Bradley and Schwartzel. Robert Karlsson, Ted Potter, Jr., and Harris English shot a 6-under 64. Angel Cabrera, Ryan Palmer and Camilo Villegas are in a three-way tie for fourth place at 5-under 65.
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PGA TOUR Special Temporary Member Jordan Spieth posted a 1-under 69 in his third start at the HP Byron Nelson Championship (T16/2010, T32/2011). Spieth owns three top-10 finishes in nine starts on TOUR this season (T2- Puerto Rico Open, T7-Tampa Bay Championship, T9-RBC Heritage).
14-year-old Guan Tianlang caught the attention of the golfing world at the Masters last month, which he qualified for by winning the Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship. The youngest player to ever tee it up at the Masters went on to finish 58th, becoming the fourth-youngest player to make a start in a PGA TOUR. Tianlang came back two weeks later with a 71st place finish at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. On Thursday, he turned in an even-par 70.