Keegan Bradley shoots course-record 60 at Byron Nelson
Keegan Bradley shot a 10-under-par 60 at the 2013 Byron Nelson Championship on Thursday to grab the early first-round lead.
IRVING, Texas -- Late on Wednesday afternoon, I watched Keegan Bradley on the range, nearly by his lonesome, pounding 6-irons into the Dallas mist.
His coach was there, feeding him balls and making him laugh. I wondered why somebody like Bradley didn't have anything better to do on a cold (for May in Texas) and dreary day before the first round of the Byron Nelson Championship.
I got my answer on Thursday morning.
Bradley went out early with Jason Dufner and Matt Kuchar and shot a course-record 10-under-par 60 -- this tied the 2013 PGA Tour season record set by Phil Mickelson at the Phoenix Open.
Bradley, who won this tournament in 2011 as a Tour rookie, said everything came easy to him on Thursday.
"Today was awesome, just like you said, all of our caddies, the players were all buddies and Ryder Cup teammates. It was just a really fun day and made for a relaxing round and helped me play well for sure."
It was more than a relaxing round. It was one of the most historically perplexing rounds in golf history.
According to Justin Ray of ESPN, this was 26th round of 59 or 60 since 1960, Bradley's the first to include multiple bogeys.
His scorecard included 10 birdies and an eagle as well. The weirdest thing is that after 10 holes, Bradley was just 3 under. He said his moderate start helped him not start thinking about 59 until the very end.
"I finished eagle-birdie-birdie, so it didn't cross my mind very much. It did in the fairway [on the last hole]. I had 136 yards, I hit my wedge and it was going right at it. It crossed my mind for a second that it would be unbelievable if I buried this [for a 59]!"
The previous record of 61 at TPC Four Seasons was shared by Tiger Woods, Justin Leonard and Charlie Rymer.
Bradley had a number of Texas Rangers ballplayers tracking his group on Thursday, which he seemed delighted about after he was told in his news conference.
"I think that's so cool about sports, that we're all kind of, like, in this little club and it seems like everybody respects each other, respects what they do."
There wasn't anybody on the course who doesn't respect what Bradley did on Thursday. The real question, as it usually is with golf, is whether he can follow it up with something great again Friday.
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