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October 24 2013

11:03 AM

Bradley gets fast start he wanted

Keegan Bradley birdies No. 15

Watch Keegan Bradley make his final birdie in an opening round of 65.

By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

Keegan Bradley allowed himself a few well-deserved days off after a successful run in his first Presidents Cup where he went 2-2-1.

With his first appearance at the CIMB Classic looming large on the horizon, though, Bradley was soon back on the practice range. And judging by the bogey-free 65 he shot in the opening round at Kuala Lumpur Country Club, the popular Bradley hasn't missed a beat.

"I had a really great day today, super relaxed from the start; really one of my better rounds of the year," said Bradley, who is two shots off Ryan Moore's lead. "So that was a really fun round to play, and I really like it here in Malaysia and this course especially."

Bradley hit 86 percent of his fairways on Thursday to tie for second in that category among the field of 78. He hit 78 precent of his greens in regulation and averaged 1.571 putts per green in regulation.

"I got a lot of work to do this year, set a lot of goals that I want to accomplish," Bradley said. "... This is the first time I've ever come here, so the schedule is a little different, and I wanted to be prepared for this tournament. So I worked pretty hard the last couple of weeks."

And as for the talented 27-year-old's goals?

"I want to be a more consistent player out here," the former PGA champ said. "I want to win more. I most importantly want to contend in the majors and play better in the majors. So my schedule and my practice routine will stay pretty intense for this whole year, just because I feel like there's no time to waste. 

"I really want to get off to a fast start, and it was fun to do that today."

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