May 17 2013
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
IRVING, Texas -- Keegan Bradley certainly was satisfied with the course-record 60 he shot on Thursday. But he may have taken more satisfaction from Friday's second-round 1-under 69, a grinder's special that allowed him to maintain his three-shot advantage through 36 holes of the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
"I'm almost more proud of this round than yesterday because I didn't feel comfortable all day," Bradley said. "I don't know what it was. I can't put my finger on it. ... I was a little uncomfortable and then I settled it and hit some really good shots."
Following up a record round is never easy. Bradley knows that from experience. He once shot 61 at a Web.com Tour event, and shot 77 the next day.
After his round Thursday, Bradley said he received a 100 messages of congratulations from well-wishers but tried to put it in perspective.
"I don't get too caught up in it," Bradley said. "Whenever you shoot rounds like that, people make a big deal out of it, more than I do."
Still he didn't get off to a great start Friday.
Bradley has made five bogeys through the first two days at TPC Four Seasons Resort. Two of those bogeys have come at the par-4 first, and two others have come at the par-4 18th. For the middle 16 holes this week, Bradley is a cumulative 15 under.
On Friday, Bradley's opening drive missed the fairway to the left and his approach came up short of the green. He missed a putt from 6 feet, 7 inches that would have saved par.
"The first hole is probably the easiest hole out here," Bradley said. "I don't know why I keep making bogey on that hole."
Bradley birdied the fourth with a putt from just inside 9 feet, then bogeyed the sixth before birdies at the two par 5s (seventh and 16th) along with the par-4 10th.
Leading by four shots going to the 18th hole, Bradley didn't want to take any chances with water down the left side. So he bailed out again with his tee shot, just like on Thursday. His ball landed in the trees, and his low-liner under the limbs ran through the green and landed in the collection area on the other side to set up his bogey.
His caddie, Steve "Pepsi" Hale, said he might as well put a yardage plate in the trees for Bradley, given how frequently he find himself over there. But Bradley insists his problems off the 18th tee will be corrected this weekend.
"I'm going to hit good ones Saturday and Sunday," he said.