How it happened: Bradley still leading at Nelson

How it happened: Bradley still leading at Nelson


How it happened: Bradley still leading at Nelson

Keegan Bradley moved another step closer to becoming the first wire-to-wire winner at the HP Byron Nelson Championship since 1980, when Tom Watson accomplished the feat.

Bradley did see his lead shrink to just one shot, though. Bradley carded a 2-under 68 to move to 13 under, but Sang-Moon Bae fired 66 to improve to 12 under.

Tom Gillis is third at 11 under while Scott Piercy’s 66 on Saturday moved him to 10 under.

See how it all unfolded Saturday at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas:

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Update No. 18: 5:56 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley’s drive at No. 18 nearly finds the water but comes to rest in the hazard behind a rock. There’s room to hit it forward and toward the green, but Bradley opts to play it back into the fairway. He would make bogey to wrap up a 2-under 68. He’s 13 under overall, one shot ahead of Sang-Moon Bae.

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Update No. 17: 5:34 p.m. EDT

After a birdie at the par-5 16th, Keegan Bradley makes a great sand save to make par at the par-3 17th. Bradley enters No. 18 at 14 under, two shots ahead of Sang-Moon Bae.

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Update No. 16: 5:05 p.m. EDT

Scott Piercy has two straight birdies and enters his final hole, No. 18, at 10 under. Piercy had a long eagle putt at the par-5 16th that he nearly made. He made the short birdie before making a much longer birdie attempt at the par-3 17th.

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Update No. 15: 4:56 p.m. EDT

Remember, since 83 players the cut, there will be another cut after the third round. Among those who will surely be exiting the tournament is Vijay Singh at 4 over.

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Update No. 14: 4:51 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley, Sang-Moon Bae and Tom Gillis all make short pars at the difficult par-4 15th. Bradley is trying to become the first wire-to-wire winner of this event since Tom Watson did it in 1980.

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Update No. 13: 4:33 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley is still at 13 under overall now through 14 holes today, and leads by two at the moment. Not only is he searching for his first win of the PGA Tour season but he’s also looking for his sixth top-10 finish, although he has missed two straight cuts entering this week.

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Update No. 12: 4:10 p.m. EDT

John Huh just holed out for eagle at the par-4 14th. That eagle moves him to 6 under, 1 over through 14 holes today.

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Update No. 11: 3:46 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley is now at 13 under and leads by two shots through 11 holes today. Also, Harris English is 4 under through 13 holes today to move to 10 under.

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Update No. 10: 3:34 p.m. EDT

Nathan Green has moved to 8 under overall and is 3 under through 13 holes today. Green is playing in his fourth PGA Tour event of the season. His best finish is a T-31 showing at the Valero Texas Open. He’s also missed two cuts. On the Tour this season, Green has missed 4-of-5 cuts.

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Update No. 9: 3 p.m. EDT

Birdies at Nos. 7-8 moved Charl Schwartzel to 8 under, but a bogey at No. 9 dropped him back to 7 under, four shots back of leader Keegan Bradley.

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Update No. 8: 2:46 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley gets a shot back at No. 7, returning to 11 under and regaining his two-shot lead. Meanwhile, Harris English has moved up the leaderboard. He’s T-4 at 8 under and makes the turn at 2 under for the day. He’s also made three birdies in his last four holes.

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Update No. 7: 2:22 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley makes another bogey to fall back to 10 under. He’s just one shot clear of Tom Gillis and Sang-Moon Bae.

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Update No. 6: 2:03 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley drops back to 11 under with a bogey at the par-3 fifth hole, but Sang-Moon Bae also bogeys the hole to keep Bradley in the lead by two shots.

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Update No. 5: 1:51 p.m. EDT

Martin Kaymer has moved into the top 5. He’s 2 under through seven holes, 7 under overall. Aside from a Round of 16 loss at the Accenture-WGC Match Play, Kaymer has not finished better than T-43 in nine PGA Tour starts this season. That T-43 finish came at the Players.

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Update No. 4: 1:35 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley birdies the par-4 third hole to stretch his lead back to two shots.

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Update No. 3: 1:15 p.m. EDT

A birdie at the par-3 second hole has moved Sang-Moon Bae to 10 under and within one shot of Keegan Bradley. Also, Camilo Villegas is 2 under through five holes today and has improved to 7 under.

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Update No. 2: 12:57 p.m. EDT

While Keegan Bradley pars the opening hole, Sang-Moon Bae and Tom Gillis make birdie at the par-4 first hole to pull within two shots of Bradley, who still leads at 11 under.

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Update No. 1: 12:41 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley and the leaders just teed off in Irving, Texas. All 83 players are now on the course and among those playing well early are D.H. Lee and Tag Ridings, who are both 3 under so far in their rounds. Lee has moved to 6 under overall as a result while Ridings finds himself now at 5 under.

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Friday coverage

• 5 Things: Barely challenged, Bradley coasts in Texas

Keegan Bradley began and ended his day with a three-shot lead Friday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship, as the field kept its distance for the most part.

• How it happened: Bradley still atop Nelson

The HP Byron Nelson Championship started in record fashion on Thursday thanks to the brilliant play of Keegan Bradley, who maintained his three-shot lead Friday.

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Thursday coverage

5 Things: Bradley (60) tears it up at Nelson, leads by three

Keegan Bradley fired a 10-under 60 — coming within feet of a 59 — and took a three-shot lead over Charl Schwartzel after the first round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship on Thursday. 5 Things you need to know . . .

How it happened: Bradley takes three-shot lead

Keegan Bradley set the early pace with a 60 and no one could chase him down, giving Bradley a three-shot lead after the first round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship. See how it all happened.

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