IRVING, Texas — Keegan Bradley had no thoughts about a course record, or the possibility of a 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 at the Nelson. He topped his career PGA Tour best by three strokes.
Anderson among BMW leaders
At Greenville, four players, including South Carolina alumnus Mark Anderson, share the lead after the first round of the 22nd BMW Charity Pro-Am.
Matching Anderson’s 9-under score were Franklin Corpening, Zack Miller and Hudson Swafford.
Six players are knotted in fifth place, two strokes off the pace — including Clemson’s Ben Martin and Furman graduate Matt Davidson, who had the low round of the day at Greenville Country Club’s Chanticleer course.
Thompson shares Mobile lead
At Mobile, Ala., Lexi Thompson birdied four of her final five holes for a 7-under 65 and a share of the first-round lead with Eun-Hee Ji in the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic.
Poulter, Colsaerts upset
At Kavarna, Bulgaria, England’s Ian Poulter and Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts lost their opening round-robin matches in the Volvo World Match Play Championship.
Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee beat Poulter, the 2011 winner, 3 and 2, and Colsaerts, the defending champion, fell 4 and 3 to South Africa’s Branden Grace at Gary Player-designed Thracian Cliffs.