PALM HARBOR, Florida – Keegan Bradley has his good luck allure with him this week at the Valspar Championship and it sparked him to a bogey-free opening-round 7-under 64 and the early lead on Thursday.
“Best round of the year,” Bradley stated. “Today was an all-around just great day. Basically zero stress the whole day. I didn’t really come close to making a bogey, so that was a really fun day to be out there and pl
Bradley made a birdie at the first hole, tacked on another at the fourth hole and then heated up on the back nine. Bradley added a birdie at No. 12 and closed with birdies on four of his final five holes.
“It feels good to go around a course like this and shoot that score,” Bradley stated. “This is a tough track, demands a lot, ball striking-wise and I did that today.”
Bradley, who’s nearing the tenth anniversary of his first victory at the 2011 PGA Championship, is coming off a tie for fourth final week in New Orleans, his second top-5 end in 17 begins this season. He credited his continued wonderful type to a scorching putter, which has been behaving now for the higher half of two months.
“After I won (the 2018 BMW Championship) putting went into a pretty big dip and I had to kind of work my way out of it again. So I feel like I’m on the other side of that right now,” Bradley stated. “As long as I putt strokes gained around zero, I’m going to be up there. So when I have a day where I’m positive or a week that I’m positive I got a good chance.”
Bradley gained almost 2 strokes on the area along with his putter on Thursday. He drained putts of 34 toes at No. 14, made a 29-footer from off the inexperienced at No. 15 and completed in model with a 21-foot birdie at the final.
“My son Logan said he yelled when I made it, which made me feel really good,” Bradley stated.
Bradley, 34, known as his household his “good luck charm,” and famous that spouse Jill and Logan have been in attendance the final time he gained in 2018, however that COVID-19 considerations (and the beginning of a second son three months in the past) have restricted their capacity to hitch him on the highway.
“Any tournament we drive to, they will come, but it’s just, it’s so great to have them out here and be around them,” stated Bradley, who calls Florida house. “I’ll go back today and, doesn’t matter what I shoot, I got to go be a dad and play baseball and play golf in the backyard, which I look forward to.”