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Ryan Palmer during the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

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Keegan Bradley posted a 6-under 65 on the leaderboard early in Friday's first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.

But then Ryan Palmer answered with an afternoon 63 to grab a two-shot lead over Bradley after the opening round at TPC Boston.

Jason Day, Chesson Hadley and Webb Simpson are tied for third at 5 under while Rory McIlroy opened the second leg of the FedEx Cup Playoffs with a 1-under 70. Phil Mickelson, however, shot 74.

Here's how it all unfolded Friday in Norton, Mass.:

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Update No. 23: 5:51 p.m. ET

Ryan Palmer sinks an 18-footer for birdie at the par-4 ninth to wrap up an opening 8-under 63. Palmer is two shots clear of Keegan Bradley, who is also in the clubhouse.

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Update No. 22: 4:52 p.m. ET

Phil Mickelson birdies Nos. 15-16 to get back to 3 over with two holes left.

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Update No. 21: 4:45 p.m. ET

Ryan Palmer birdies the par-4 fifth, his eighth birdie of the day, to move into sole possession of the lead at 7 under. Through 14 holes, Palmer leads Keegan Bradley by one shot.

Palmer has six top 10s this season, including a T-5 finish at the PGA Championship. He entered the week 43rd in the FedEx Cup standings.

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Update No. 20: 4:37 p.m. ET

Rickie Fowler is bogey-free through 11 holes today with three birdies. Fowler is 11th in the FedEx Cup standings after a season that has included top-5 finishes in all four majors.

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Update No. 19: 4:07 p.m. ET

Ryan Palmer birdies the par-5 second to join Keegan Bradley in the lead at 6 under. Palmer enters the week at No. 43 in the FedEx Cup standings.

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Update No. 18: 3:18 p.m. ET

Here are highlights from Keegan Bradley's opening-round 6-under 65. Bradley still leads by one shot over Jason Day, Webb Simpson and Ryan Palmer. Day and Simpson are in the clubhouse with 66s while Palmer just made the turn.

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Update No. 17: 3:05 p.m. ET

Just one player (Brendon de Jonge at 6 over) is lower than Phil Mickelson on the leaderboard. Through nine holes, Lefty is 5 over with two birdies, two bogeys, a double and a triple.

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Update No. 16: 2:45 p.m. ET

Ian Poulter shot 4-under 67 earlier today. Here's video of his birdie at the par-3 eighth, which came on a 65-foot putt.

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Update No. 15: 2:38 p.m. ET

Phil Mickelson finds the water with his approach at the par-4 sixth and ends up with triple bogey. Mickelson is now 4 over through six holes today. He's T-89 at the moment and currently projected to fall from 57th to 72nd in the FedEx Cup standings.

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Update No. 14: 2:33 p.m. ET

Ian Poulter's 4-under 67 today was his best opening-round score of the season. In 16 previous PGA Tour starts this season, Poulter shot in the 60s just four times – two 68s and two 69s.

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Update No. 13: 2:07 p.m. ET

Phil Mickelson is 2 over through his first four holes today. He made par at the par-4 opening hole, bogey at the par-5 second, double bogey at the par-3 third and birdie at the par-4 fourth.

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Update No. 12: 2:05 p.m. ET

Rory McIlroy misses the green at the par-4 ninth and then misses an 8-foot par putt, bogeying his final hole of the day and wrapping up a 1-under 70.

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Update No. 11: 1:54 p.m. ET

Keegan Bradley's closing birdie at the par-5 18th gives him an opening-round 6-under 65. He's currently a shot up on Jason Day, who just birdied his closing hole, the par-4 ninth, to shoot 66.

Here are some other notables who just finished their first rounds:

  • Jordan Spieth, 4-under 67
  • Patrick Reed, 3-under 68
  • Henrik Stenson, 1-under 70
  • Adam Scott, 2-over 73

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Update No. 10: 1:35 p.m. ET

Rory McIlroy gets back to 2 under after a birdie at the par-5 seventh, where McIlroy found the fairway off the tee and then hit the green with his second shot.

Keegan Bradley leads at 5 under through 17 holes, a shot ahead of Jordan Spieth, Webb Simpson, Jimmy Walker and Jason Day, who has birdied two straight holes entering his final hole of the round, the par-4 ninth.

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Update No. 9: 1:13 p.m. ET

Two straight bogeys, at Nos. 5-6, have dropped Rory McIlroy to 1 under. McIlroy found a fairway bunker off the tee at the par-4 fifth and could only advance his second shot about 35 yards. At the par-4 sixth, McIlroy missed the green short and left, and didn't get up and down for to save par.

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Update No. 8: 12:48 p.m. ET

After failing to get up and down for birdie at the par-5 second hole, Rory McIlroy pars the par-3 third and birdies the par-4 fourth to get back to 3 under, one shot behind leaders Keegan Bradley and Jimmy Walker, who is third in the FedEx Cup standings behind Hunter Mahan and McIlroy.

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Update No. 7: 12:04 p.m. ET

Rory McIlroy pars Nos. 18 and 1 to remain at 2 under, two shots behind leader Keegan Bradley, who is 4 under through 10 holes. Tied for second at 3 under are Jordan Spieth, Luke Donald and McIlroy's playing competitor, Jimmy Walker.

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Update No. 6: 11:34 a.m. ET

A bogey at the par-4 17th drops Rory McIlroy back to 2 under. McIlroy, the world's No. 1-ranked player, entered the week second in the FedEx Cup standings.

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Update No. 5: 11:04 a.m. ET

After laying up in the fairway at the par-5 seventh, Keegan Bradley nearly holes his pitch and ends up with birdie to move to 4 under. He leads Rory McIlroy and Jason Kokrak by one shot.

Also, last week's winner, Hunter Mahan, is 1 over through seven holes.

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Update No. 4: 10:48 a.m. ET

While Rory McIlroy is off to a strong start (3 under through six holes), Adam Scott is 2 over through seven holes. Scott bogeyed Nos. 12-14 and has just one birdie so far today.

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Update No. 3: 10:46 a.m. ET

Keegan Bradley moves to 3 under after sinking a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-4 sixth. Bradley is tied with Rory McIlroy for the top spot.

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Update No. 2: 10:22 a.m. ET

For the second time in his first four holes, Rory McIlroy sticks his approach inside of 2 feet. McIlroy birdies the par-4 13th to join leader Russell Henley in the lead at 3 under.

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Update No. 1: 10:04 a.m. ET

Rory McIlroy is off to a good start today. Through three holes, the World No. 1 is 2 under. He stuck his approach at the par-4 10th, his first hole, to about 2 feet and made birdie.

Then at the par-3 11th, he made a 35-footer for birdie.

Leading is Scott Langley, who is 3 under through six holes.

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