Sunday, December 17, 2017
Golf

Bradley keeps lead at Byron Nelson

IRVING, Texas — Keegan Bradley again bogeyed Nos. 1 and 18 in the second round of the Byron Nelson Championship.

Unlike the first round, Bradley didn't set a course record. But he still finished with a three-stroke lead.

Bradley started and ended his round Friday with those bogeys and shot 1-under 69 to get to 11-under 129, the lowest 36-hole total at the Nelson since 2001.

"I'm almost more proud of this round than (Thursday) because I didn't feel comfortable all day," said Bradley, whose opening 60 included his only bogeys at those same holes in the middle of that round. "I was a little uncomfortable, and then I settled in and hit some really good shots."

Tom Gillis, who shot 63 after starting at No. 10, and Sang-Moon Bae (66) were tied for second. A stroke further back were 2012 PGA Tour rookie of the year John Huh (64), Ryan Palmer (68) and 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel (70).

Bradley, whose first tour victory came as a rookie at the Nelson two years ago, started with a drive that missed the fairway at the 458-yard first hole then left his approach short.

"The first hole is probably the easiest hole out here," he said. "I don't know why I keep making bogey on that hole."

At No. 18, he drove right into rough under the trees, again near a cart path.

Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old amateur from China who made the cut at the Masters, missed it this time after 7-over 77, leaving him at 147.

Also, two-time major champion Rory McIlroy is leaving Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management to set up his own management group. The Associated Press reported McIlroy will create his own team run by his father, Gerry, along with close friends and associates.

LPGA: Jessica Korda shot 7-under 65 to lead Hall of Famer Karrie Webb by one after the second round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. Korda had seven birdies in her second straight bogey-free round to reach 13 under. Korda, 20, the daughter of former tennis players Petr Korda and Regina Raichrtova, won the 2012 Women's Australian Open for her lone tour title. Webb also had a bogey-free round, birdieing the last three holes for 63. Tampa's Kristy McPherson shot 71 for 4-under 140 total, tied for 35th. Semi­nole's Brittany Lincicome (70—145) missed the cut by a stroke; Clearwater's Jennifer Gleason 75—148) and Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (79—157) also didn't make the cut.

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