How it happened: Bradley takes three-shot lead

Keegan Bradley during his first-round 60 at the 2013 HP Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas.

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Players went low on Thursday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship -- and we mean low.

Keegan Bradley finished with an eagle-birdie-birdie stretch to fire a 10-under 60 to take a three-shot lead over Charl Schwartzel at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas.

The scoring conditions got tougher in the afternoon, as Bradley's early round held up. There were 76 players at 1 under or better after the first round.

Tianlang Guan, 14, fired an even-par round of 70, putting himself in a tie for 77th.

Here's how the day unfolded in Texas:

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Update No. 44: 7:49 p.m. EDT

Andrew Svoboda gives a stroke back at the 18th, needing three shots to reach the green and two-putting from about 50 feet. Svoboda was 4 under as he made the turn but finishes 1 under for the day.

Tianlang Guan pars the 18th in textbook fashion and wraps up at even par.

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Update No. 43: 7:35 p.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan pars the par-3 17th to remain even for the day, heading to the final tee box at T-78.

Andrew Svoboda also pars the 17th and remains 2 under.

Scott Gardiner pars the par-5 7th to remain 3 under with two holes to play.

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Update No. 42: 7:28 p.m. EDT

Andrew Svoboda rebounds from his triple-bogey with back-to-back birdies to return to 2 under. Svoboda has six birdies on the day.

Casey Wittenberg pars the last in textbook fashion to card a 67.

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Update No. 41: 7:21 p.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan, the only amateur in the field, perhaps squanders a chance at birdie, his wedge game uncharacteristically letting him down as he missed the green with his third shot at the par-5 16th. But he gets up and down for par to remain even.

Scott Gardiner moves to 3 under with a birdie at No. 6 and is T-14 with three holes to play.

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Update No. 40: 7:14 p.m. EDT

Casey Wittenberg misses the green at the par-3 17th but gets up and down to save par and remain 3 under. Notables in the clubhouse at that score already include Ben Crane, Charles Howell III and Louis Oosthuizen.

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Update No. 39: 7:07 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth gives himself a good look at birdie on the 18th green, hitting it inside 10 feet of the pin, but two-putts for par. He finishes the day 1 under.

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Update No. 38: 6:59 p.m. EDT

Casey Wittenberg, who finished T-8 at last week's Players Championship, is 3 under through 16. He's got four birdies and seven pars during his last 11 holes.

Tianlang Guan steadies himself with a par at the par-4 15th.

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Update No. 37: 6:42 p.m. EDT

Marc Leishman hits his drive in the rough at the par-4 18th, but his approach shot finds the green. He two-putts to finish with a 66 and head to the clubhouse 4-under at T-9.

Jordan Spieth's back-and-forth day gets him to 1 under for the second time with a birdie at the par-5 16th. He follows with a par at the 17th.

Tianlang Guan's approach shot from the right rough on the 14th finds the green and he three-putts from about 40 feet to fall back to even par.

Andrew Svoboda hits a wild drive on the 14th and needs four shots to get to a greenside bunker; he fails to get up and down, carding a triple bogey that drops him to even par for the day after having been 4 under through 12.

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Update No. 36: 6:23 p.m. EDT

Marc Leishman pars again to remain 4 under and has one hole to play. Andrew Svoboda bogeys to drop to 3 under. Louis Oosthuizen, at No. 7 the top-ranked golfer in the tourney, is in the clubhouse with a 3-under 67.

For the second time today, Tianlang Guan has carded four straight pars and remains 1 under for the round, good for T-52.

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Update No. 35: 6:06 p.m. EDT

Marc Leishman and Andrew Svoboda card pars to remain the low men of the afternoon, yet they trail leader Keegan Bradley by six shots and Leishman is running out of opportunities to gain much more ground.

Tianlang Guan pars the 11th and 12th to remain 1 under.

Jason Day, who had been 3 under through seven holes, finishes the round 2 over after bogeys at the 14th, 15th and 17th.

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Update No. 34: 5:44 p.m. EDT

Marc Leishman, Patrick Reed and Andrew Svoboda are the low men of the afternoon, each at 4 under through 15, 14 and 10 holes respectively, with Leishman and Reed coming off bogeys.

Tianlang Guan is 1 under through 10 after a birdie at the ninth.

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Update No. 33: 4:53 p.m. EDT

Andrew Svoboda moves to 3 under with a birdie at the 7th. Svoboda is looking to make his second cut of the season.

Patrick Reed is at 3 under after a birdie at the fifth hole, his third in a row.

Once at 3 under as well, Jason Day falls back to even par with a bogey at the 14th.

Tianlang Guan pars the 8th to remain even for the day with a bogey and a birdie.

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Update No. 32: 4:42 p.m. EDT

Marc Leishman birdies the 11th to become the first afternoon golfer to reach 4 under.

Tianlang Guan reached a greenside bunker at the par-5 7th in two shots, then hit his sand shot to about 3 feet. He makes his putt to get back to even par.

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Update No. 31: 4:33 p.m. EDT

Michael Bradley reaches 3 under with a birdie at No. 10, his third of the day and all on par 4s, having birdied Nos. 3-4 earlier.

Jason Day, since his double bogey at No. 8, has strung together five pars to remain 1 under.

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Update No. 30: 4:21 p.m. EDT

Louis Oosthuizen gets to 3 under for the first time today, with a birdie at the 11th on the heels of five straight pars. Patrick Reed also returns to 3 under with a birdie at No. 3.

Tianlang Guan misses the green at the 6th hole but pitches to about 7 feet and makes his putt to remain 1 over. He's showing much the same form as he did during much of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans – not giving himself many birdie chances, yet avoiding costly mistakes.

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Update No. 29: 4:12 p.m. EDT

A handful of afternoon golfers have gotten as low as 3 under, then fallen back a shot or two. The latest is Ted Purdy, who bogeys No. 14 to fall to 2 under through five.

TPC Four Seasons Resort has eluded the threat of afternoon storms, with rain having broken out to the east of the Dallas/Fort Worth metro area and moving away toward Arkansas and Louisiana.

Tianlang Guan pars the fifth hole to remain 1 over.

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Update No. 28: 4:04 p.m. EDT

Marc Leishman birdies the ninth hole to join Tom Gillis and Ted Purdy at 3 under. Leishman finished T-4 at the Masters and was part of a strong Australian showing that included Jason Day and, naturally, winner Adam Scott.

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Update No. 27: 3:56 p.m. EDT

Ted Purdy birdies No. 13 to get to 3 under for the day through four holes. Purdy's best finish last season was T-62 at the True South Classic in July.

Tianlang Guan pars again to remain 1 over through four holes.

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Update No. 26: 3:48 p.m. EDT

Here's another look at how players ranked in the top 25 are faring:

7. Louis Oosthuizen – 2 under through eight holes.

14. Keegan Bradley – Shot a 10-under-par 67.

17. Charl Schwartzel – Shot a 7-under 63.

20. Jason Dufner – Shot an even-par 70.

25. Jason Day – 1 under through 10 holes.

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Update No. 25: 3:31 p.m. EDT

Jason Day tries to quickly recover a stroke and hits his approach at the par-4 9th to about 4 feet. His birdie putt runs past and he settles for par to remain 1 under.

Tianlang Guan hits his approach at the par-4 3rd to about 15 feet; his birdie effort also runs past and he remains 1 over.

Tom Gillis and Brandt Jobe also add pars to remain the low men among the afternoon tee times at 3 under.

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Update No. 24: 3:19 p.m. EDT

Brandt Jobe follows his eagle with a birdie at the 8th to move to 3 under alongside Tom Gillis.

Jason Day double bogeys the par-4 8th hole with trouble around the green, dropping to 1 under. Tianlang Guan misses the green at the par-3 2nd hole and cannot get up and down, dropping to 1 over.

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Update No. 23: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Brandt Jobe eagles the 7th to get to 2 under, among seven afternoon golfers at that mark. Jobe's best finish this season is a T-21 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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Update No. 22: 2:55 p.m. EDT

Jason Day birdies at the par-5 7th and moves to 3 under, the low number of the afternoon rounds so far but seven shots back of the lead.

Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old amateur from China, pars the first. Guan turned heads by becoming the youngest player to make the cut at the Masters last month, then followed it up by making the cut at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

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Update No. 21: 2:47 p.m. EDT

Louis Oosthuizen cards his second straight birdie to get to 2 under through five holes. Tom Gillis has the best round going among the afternoon tee times at 3 under, while Jason Day, Jeff Maggert and Patrick Reed are a stroke back alongside Oosthuizen.

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Update No. 20: 2:29 p.m. EDT

Louis Oosthuizen, World No. 7 and the highest-ranked golfer at the Byron Nelson, starts with three straight pars before birdieing the par-4 No. 4.

Tianlang Guan of China, playing on a sponsor exemption, tees off in about 15 minutes.

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Update No. 19: 2:18 p.m. EDT

As the attention shifts to the afternoon groups, Patrick Reed is 3 under through four holes, while Jason Day and Tom Gillis are 2 under. Day was one of the top picks in Golfweek's Fantasy Tip Sheet earlier this week – as was Jordan Spieth, who bogeys the first.

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Update No. 18: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Camilo Villegas hits his tee shot in the water for the second straight hole, ending up with bogey on the par-4 18th and a 65. Playing partner Robert Karlsson ends his day with three straight pars for a 64 and is T-3 at 6 under, four back of leader Keegan Bradley.

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Update No. 17: 1:57 p.m. EDT

Harris English birdies the last to finish with a 64, a bogey at No. 13 his only blemish of the round. English birdied four straight from Nos. 16-1 as he made the turn.

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Update No. 16: 1:44 p.m. EDT

Camilo Villegas hits his tee shot in the water on the par-3 17th, carding a 5 to drop to 6 under, T-3 with Robert Karlsson and Ted Potter Jr.

Jason Day birdies his first two holes to get to 2 under in a hurry.

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Update No. 15: 1:27 p.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel pars the last hole of his first round to finish with a 63 – good for the lead most days, but three shots back of leader Keegan Bradley today.

And Bradley's lead might not be safe – Camilo Villegas eagles No. 16 to move to 8 under, having birdied five of six holes before that.

Ted Potter Jr., who held the lead solo a few holes ago, cards a 64.

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Update No. 14: 1:14 p.m. EDT

2011 Byron Nelson champ Keegan Bradley is your leader in the clubhouse – with a 60 – after hitting his approach at the par-4 No. 9 hole to about 3 feet and making the putt.

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Update No. 13: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel birdies No. 8 to move to 7 under, a shot behind leader Keegan Bradley. But Bradley answers with a birdie to extend his lead back to two shots as each have a hole left to play.

Ryan Palmer birdies No. 9 to end his day with a 5-under 65, while Sang Moon Bae cards the second 66 of the day.

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Update No. 12: 12:47 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley takes the lead outright with an eagle at the par-5 No. 7 hole, knocking it to about 10 feet with his second shot and sinking the putt to move to 8 under. Ted Potter Jr. pars No. 16 to remain T-2 with Charl Schwartzel; all three have two holes left to play.

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Update No. 11: 12:42 p.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel moves into a share of the lead with a birdie at No. 7, his sixth of the day scattered over 16 holes without a bogey. He's tied with Keegan Bradley and Ted Potter Jr.

Will Claxton birdied four of his last five to finish with a 4-under 66.

Jesper Parnevik rallied back to an even-par 70 thanks to birdies at Nos. 5-6 and an eagle at No. 7.

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Update No. 10: 12:29 p.m. EDT

Here's a quick look at how players ranked in the top 25 are faring:

7. Louis Oosthuizen – Tees off at 1:30 EDT.

14. Keegan Bradley – 6 under through 15.

17. Charl Schwartzel – 5 under through 15.

20. Jason Dufner – Even through 15.

25. Jason Day – Tees off at 1:10 EDT.

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Update No. 9: 12:12 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley again ties for the lead, moving to 6 under thanks to a birdie at No. 5 and pulling even with Ted Potter Jr. They're a stroke ahead of Angel Cabrera and Charl Schwartzel, all with four holes to play in their round.

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Update No. 8: 12:03 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley moves back within a stroke of leader Ted Potter Jr., carding his seventh birdie of the day at No. 4 to move to 5 under.

Steve Flesch has four bogeys and a double bogey during his last five holes, falling to 7 over.

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Update No. 7: 11:56 a.m. EDT

Ted Potter Jr. breaks a string of three straight pars with a birdie at No. 13 to get to 6 under. Angel Cabrera and Charl Schwartzel also birdie to remain one shot back. All three have played 13 holes today, with Cabrera and Schwartzel having teed off at No. 10.

Duffy Waldorf joins the group at 4 under, thanks to an eagle at No. 7 and a birdie at No. 9. Waldorf, 50, finished T-13 at the Puerto Rico Open and has a pair of top-10 finishes on the Champions Tour this year.

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Update No. 6: 11:41 a.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley gets a shot back with a birdie at the par-3 No. 2 hole, pulling within a shot of the lead. Y.E Yang and Gary Christian also move to 4 under with birdies at Nos. 11 and 7 respectively.

Vijay Singh, who missed his second straight cut last week at the Players Championship after announcing he is suing the PGA Tour over its handling of his admission that he used deer-antler spray, a 1 over through 11 holes today. He's got 10 pars to go with a bogey at No. 8.

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Update No. 5: 11:24 a.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley bogeys again to fall to 3 under, two back of leader Ted Potter Jr. Bradley is among nine golfers at 3 under. He has three top-five finishes this season: third at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and T-4s at the Honda Classic and the Hyundai Tournament of Champions.

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Update No. 4: 11:11 a.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel moves to 4 under with a birdie at No. 1. Leader Ted Potter Jr. pars No. 10, while Angel Cabrera pars No. 1 to remain 4 under. Charlie Beljan and James Driscoll birdie Nos. 10 and 7 respectively to also move to 4 under.

Gary Christian and Robert Karlsson move to 3 under with birdies at Nos. 5 and 7 respectively, while Sean O'Hair drops to 2 under with a bogey at No. 17 as he nears the turn.

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Update No. 3: 11:02 a.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley falls from the lead, missing the green at No. 18 and failing to get up and down to card a bogey as he makes the turn. He's at 4 under, tied with Angel Cabrera and one back of leader Ted Potter Jr.

Jesper Parnevik's struggles of late continue as he bogeys Nos. 2-3 and falls to 4 over today through 12. Parnevik has missed four cuts this season and his best finish is T-51.

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Update No. 2: 10:54 a.m. EDT

James Driscoll birdies the 6th to get to 3 under. He's in a group of five that's two shots back of the lead, along with Charlie Beljan, Charles Howell III, Sean O'Hair and Charl Schwartzel.

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Update No. 1: 10:47 a.m. EDT

Ted Potter Jr. birdies his fifth in a row to join Keegan Bradley in the lead at 5 under, one shot ahead of Angel Cabrera. Potter's best finish this season is a T-10 at the Northern Trust Open in February.

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Early risers

Keegan Bradley is 5 under through seven holes, birdieing 11-13 and 15-16. Angel Cabrera and Ted Potter Jr. are 4 under through eight holes, with Potter following four straight pars with four straight birdies.

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Slow starters

Jason Dufner and Scott Verplank are among five golfers at 3 over. Dufner has three bogeys through eight holes, while Verplank has carded a triple bogey at the 3rd along with a birdie and a bogey.

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Weather conditions

Cloudy skies have hung above the course this morning, with sun expected to break through later. High temps are expected to be in the low 80s as the sun breaks through in the afternoon. There's a 30 percent chance of isolated storms in the late afternoon.

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