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March 30 2013

5:57 PM

Bradley joins the plethora of contenders


The putts were falling for Keegan Bradley on Saturday as he moved within two shots of the leaders. (Halleran/Getty Images)

By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.COM Correspondent

HUMBLE Texas – Keegan Bradley finally made a few putts.

Now, if he can only make a few more.

The lanky 2011 PGA champ shot put himself into position with a 67 Saturday and heads into the final round with a chance to win his fourth TOUR title.

Bradley opened with rounds of 70-70, but found his putting touch in the third round of the Shell Houston Open and that was just what he needed to jump into what promises to be a shootout.

“The greens are fast, not a lot of grass on them,’’ he said. “But you know, when you hit it in there close, it makes it a lot easier.’’

He ran into trouble at 18 off the tee and didn’t make it easy on himself at all at that point.

“It’s tough no matter what the wind is, what tees we play, where the pin is,” he said. “Got to hit a good drive. If you hit a good drive, you’ve got a tough second shot, but if you hit it in that bunker like I did… I was up against the lip and I had to lay up.’’

Regardless, he’s just two back going into the final round and one of 15 players within two shots of the lead.

“I know I'm going to have to shoot a really low round to win,’’ Bradley said. “But I put myself in a good position to do that tomorrow.’’

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