PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Keegan Bradley would describe his relationship with TPC Sawgrass as difficult.
Earlier in his profession, Bradley would arrive at The Gamers with a gentle sense of dread, which was brought about by 5 consecutive begins with only a single end inside the highest 70. However that started to vary in 2016 when he managed to complete tied for 35th and adopted with a T-7 final 12 months.
“Early in my profession I felt so uncomfortable on this course. I actually did not play nicely right here. I did not actually take pleasure in it, it simply wasn’t a superb match for me,” Bradley mentioned. “Final 12 months I performed nice. Then this 12 months, I actually benefit from the totally different circumstances that we’re enjoying in. I just like the tough higher, and I feel it is a good time of 12 months to play right here.”
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These higher emotions translated to a 7-under 65 on Thursday for a share of the early lead with Tommy Fleetwood. Bradley made an eagle on the par-5 16th gap and 6 birdies.
It’s a continuation to what Bradley began final week on the Arnold Palmer Invitational, when he started the weekend tied for the lead earlier than struggling on Saturday and Sunday on his strategy to a T-46 end.
“I used to be actually bummed out,” he mentioned of his weekend swoon at Bay Hill. “However I am enjoying good golf, and good golf is rewarded on this course, good ball-striking. I went on the market at the moment and did that and holed some putts, and it was an important day.”