By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
IRVING, Texas -- Veteran PGA TOUR caddie Steve "Pepsi" Hale had never been on the bag for a round of 60 until Thursday's first round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship when his man Keegan Bradley became the 28th player in TOUR history to shoot 60.
Hale said the closest he's seen his player strike the ball as well as Bradley did in the first round at TPC Four Seasons Resort was in 1989 when he worked as Curt Byrum's caddie. During the final round of the Las Vegas Invitational that year, Byrum shot an 8-under 64, a round that Hale still fondly remembers.
"I saw a flawless 64," Hale said Thursday night. "(Byrum) missed six putts from 5-10 feet. It's been a long, long time since I've seen a round like that."
Bradley's 60 on Thursday was near-perfect. He led the field in proximity to the hole at 18 feet, 2 inches, nearly 2 feet better than the next closest player, Freddie Jacobson.
Hale said Bradley had "great numbers" all day to hit full shots and played "a quality round of golf."
But of course, the round wasn't perfect. Bradley had two bogeys on Thursday -- the first time a player has shot 60 with two bogeys since records were kept in 1983. That covers 21 rounds of 60s on TOUR.
"I get stuck on the two bogeys," Hale said. "You always want more but you need to accept what you've got."