August 23 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
JERSEY CITY, N.J. -- Keegan Bradley had an inauspicious start to his day Friday, finishing off his first round by hitting his tee shot out of bounds and making double bogey on the 18th hole at Liberty National.
It was anything but a sign of things to come, however.
Bradley birdied four of his first eight holes in the second round then added four more birdies over his final nine holes to shoot a course-record 63, putting him at 7 under entering the weekend in the FedExCup Playoffs opener.
"It was just brutal and I decided that I was going to prove to myself that that wasn't how I'm going to end this tournament," said Bradley, who played his college golf at nearby St. Johns but had missed the cut in both his previous appearances at The Barclays.
Friday's round meant more than just sticking around for the weekend to Bradley.
"This has always been a tournament that I've always really wanted to play well at," Bradley said. "This is the first time I've even remotely come close to shooting under par."
That's not entirely true -- Bradley shot even par in the opening round of this tournament last year and 2 under in the opening round the year before. But it does put him in position to win for the first time this year.
In 21 starts this season, Bradley has seven top 10s. Three of those were finishes in the top 3, including a pair of runner-up finishes at Firestone and at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
"If someone goes super low, I'm still going to be within four or five shots," Bradley said. "I really like my chances around this golf course."