May 16 2013
By Mike McAllister, PGATOUR.COM
IRVING, Texas -- Thanks to his course-record 10-under 60, Keegan Bradley has a three-shot lead after Thursday's first round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
Bradley also tied the tournament record and posted his own career low round on the PGA TOUR with his one eagle, 10 birdie, two bogey round. Bradley's first TOUR win came at the HP Byron Nelson in 2011.
His 60 matches the low round on TOUR this year. Phil Mickelson shot a 60 in the opening round of the 2013 Waste Management Phoenix Open.
"It was a special day," Bradley said.
Bradley has the first-round lead for the second time in his career. He lead the 2011 TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola after the first round but finished tied for 11th. Just one 18-hole leader in the last 19 years of the HP Byron Nelson has gone on to win (Jason Day in 2010).
Bradley leads Charl Schwartzel by three strokes. Three players -- Robert Karlsson, Harris English and Ted Potter Jr. -- are another stroke back.
Tied for sixth are Angel Cabrera, Camilo Villegas and Ryan Palmer.
Villegas was at 8 under after he eagled the par-5 16th, the only other player than Bradley to reach that number. But he double bogeyed the 17th and bogeyed the 18th.
Prime scoring conditions were available in the morning, with soft greens, no wind and preferred lies. Of the top 13 players on the leaderboard, 12 played in the morning. The morning scoring average of 69.41 was more than a half-stroke lower than the afternoon (70.12).
Marc Leishman had the low afternoon round at 66.
"60 is a obviously a great score from Keegan," Leishman said. "It's a long tournament. Hopefully 72 holes will give us a chance to make some of that up."
Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old amateur from China, shot an even-par 70 in his attempt to make the cut for the third time in as many starts on the PGA TOUR. Last month, Guan became the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters.
Of the 156 players in the field, 97 shot par or better.