By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
IRVING, Texas --Despite suffering two bogeys in the middle of his round, Keegan Bradley produced the best round ever shot at the TPC Four Seasons Resort course, turning in a 10-under 60 on Thursday morning in the first round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
In setting the course record, Bradley carded 10 birdies and one eagle.
"I birdied more holes than I didn't, which is rare," Bradley said. "It was just an explosive type of round."
He was playing with defending champ Jason Dufner and Matt Kuchar. He credited the back-and-forth banter, particularly with Dufner, for keeping him relaxed.
"Just a really fun round," Bradley said. "Kind of felt like a Saturday morning round with my buddies."
The 60 ties the tournament record held by Sam Snead and Arron Oberholser, who shot their 60s on different courses.
It's also Bradley's lowest round of his PGA TOUR career. His previous low round was 63.
Bradley walked off the course three strokes ahead of Charl Schwartzel, who shot a 7-under 63.
The previous record at the TPC Four Seasons Resort course was 61, held by Cameron Beckman, Justin Leonard and Charlie Rymer.
Bradley, the 2011 HP Byron Nelson champ, started his round off the 10th tee on soft course conditions thanks to overnight precipitation of 1.51 inches of rain.
He birdied 11, 12, 13, 15 and 16 but bogeyed the 18th hole, then also bogeyed the first hole after making the turn.
But he bounced back with a birdied at the second hole. He then birdied holes nos. 4 and 5, eagled the par-5 seventh, and finished with birdied at the eighth and ninth holes.
Bradley hit 15 of 18 greens and needed just 24 putts.
LOWEST ROUNDS AT HP BYRON NELSON CHAMPIONSHIP
|60||Keegan Bradley||2013||1||TPC Four Seasons Resort|
|60||Arron Oberholser||2006||2||Cottonwood Valley|
|60||Sam Snead||1957||2||Glen Lakes|
LOWEST ROUNDS AT TPC FOUR SEASONS RESORT
KEEGAN BRADLEY'S LOW ROUNDS ON PGA TOUR
|60||2013||HP Byron Nelson Championship||1|
|63||2013||Waste Management Phoenix Open||2|
|63||2012||Deutsche Bank Championship||3|