April 23 2011
By Stan Awtrey, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- With the wind starting to pick up at Harbour Town, the 66 posted by veteran Michael Bradley may be a round coveted by all before the third round is complete.
Bradley’s 5-under effort, which put him at 5 under for the tournament, was nearly wind-free for the first nine holes. That’s when the breeze began to blow and eventually turned into strong gusts on the final three holes.
“I’ve seen it like this before,” Bradley said. “You definitely have to put in the right spots or miss it in the right spot to give yourself a chance. If you miss it on the right side, you still have an opportunity.”
The highlight of Bradley’s round was an eagle at No. 2, a 496-yard par-5, where he holed his third shot from 80 feet. He scrambled well; there wasn’t a bogey on his card despite hitting only 10 fairways and just eight greens in regulation.
“If you drive it in play and make some putts, you’ve got an opportunity,” he said. “I kept it in may and was able to make some putts.”
Bradley is seeking his best finish at Harbour Town; His best previous was a tie for 42 nd in 1994.