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August 2 2013

3:41 PM

Bradley in contention again

Keegan Bradley talks to the media after shoot 68 on Friday.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

AKRON, Ohio -- Keegan Bradley refused to be discouraged by the birdie-eagle-birdie start Tiger Woods used to vault past him to the top of the leaderboard at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational.

"No, no," Bradley said. "I played a great round of golf. Tiger, those first couple holes out there are definitely birdie holes, so I'd expect him to do that. You know, I hope he doesn't go too low, but I'm in a good spot going into the weekend regardless."

Bradley shot 68 in the second round to finish at 6 under, which was the overnight lead held by Webb Simpson. The defending champ actually had moved to 8 under through 11 holes but made two bogeys coming home.

"My game feels really sharp right now, so everything that I've done this week so far has felt really good, putting, driving the ball, irons," Bradley reported. "I haven't gotten the most out of both my rounds, so hopefully tomorrow I can do that." 

Bradley says he's eating at the same place he did every day last year -- but he doesn't always order the same thing. Firestone certainly holds a special place for Bradley, who contended in his 2011 debut until shooting a 41 on the back nine Sunday.

Of course, Bradley went on to win the PGA Championship the following week.

"This time of year my game always kind of comes around, and I start to play better," he said. "... This could be my favorite tournament all year. I love it here. This golf course and history, and I really look forward to this golf tournament every time I come."

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