Sunday, January 21, 2018
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Bradley shoots 60 at PGA's Byron Nelson

IRVING, Texas — Keegan Bradley had no thoughts about a course record, or the possibility of 59, after consecutive bogeys in the middle of his opening round at the Byron Nelson Championship.

Until his 136-yard wedge shot on his final hole Thursday.

"It was going right at it. (A 59) crossed my mind for a second, and it would be unbelievable if I buried this," Bradley said. "But I had 3 feet to shoot 60. I was actually very nervous, uncomfortable over it and thank God I made it."

Bradley shot 10-under 60, completed by that short birdie at the 428-yard ninth hole, to break the TPC Four Seasons course record and match the best round ever at the Nelson. He equaled Phil Mickelson's opening 60 at Phoenix as the best round on the PGA Tour this season.

After missing the fairways off the tees and making bogeys at No. 18 and then No. 1, the latter starting his back nine, Bradley was at 3 under. He made a 17-foot birdie putt at the 221-yard second hole, and was 7 under his final eight holes with an eagle-birdie-birdie finish.

The 60, with 10 birdies and an eagle 3 at the 542-yard seventh, gave Bradley a three-stroke lead over 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

Guan Tianlang, a 14-year-old amateur from China, shot 70 in his second tournament since making the cut at the Masters. The eighth-grader also made the cut in New Orleans three weeks ago.

Guan was among 97 players at par or better — 76 were under par — on the 7,166-yard course after 1½ inches of rain fell on the course Wednesday night. Players were able to lift, clean and place balls in the fairways.

LPGA: Lexi Thompson birdied four of her last five holes for 7-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead Thursday with Eun-Hee Ji in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic. Thompson, 18, second last year behind Stacy Lewis, had eight birdies and a bogey on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail's Magnolia Grove complex in Mobile, Ala. Ji had five birdies in a six-hole stretch on the front nine in a bogey-free round. Jessica Korda was a stroke back. Tampa resident Kristy McPherson shot 69, Clearwater's Jenny Gleason 73, Seminole's Brittany Lincicome 75 and Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse 78.

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