Will Keegan Bradley go coast-to-coast, riding his 10-under 60 on Thursday to victory at the HP Byron Nelson Championship?
Will Sang-Moon Bae, Scott Piercy or Tom Gillis keep Bradley from his first victory in nearly nine months?
We'll keep you updated all day long from Irving, Texas, where Bradley holds a one-shot lead over Bae heading into Sunday's final round.
And off we go!
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Update #14: 4:23 p.m. EDT
After finding the trees on the right at No. 12, Sang-Moon Bae manages to get his second shot to just short of the green and he gets up-and-down for par and stays at 13 under.
Keegan Bradley bombs a driver down the left side of the fairway, has about 80 yards into the green, leaves himself 15 feet for birdie, but misses to the left and he settles for par and remains two shots back.
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Update #13: 4:11 p.m. EDT
Keegan Bradley gives his birdie putt a good run at the par-4 11th, but it runs about 4 feet past. He misses the comebacker and drops to 11 under. He has no birdies today.
Sang-Moon Bae gets back on track despite a wayward tee ball ...
IRVING, Texas – You’ve seen plenty of scratchy third rounds, right? You know, those times when players at the top of the leaderboard seem to use balata balls, persimmon drivers and forget how to putt.
Well, Saturday wasn’t one of those days at the HP Byron Nelson Championship at TPC Four Seasons Resort.
A round of applause for those in the last groups, most notably leader Keegan Bradley, for they held together nicely – even as temperatures soared, winds kicked up and greens dried out. The field average was 70.165 for the par-70 course and five of the top six names on the leaderboard through 36 holes bettered that, so on Moving Day, none of them had it in reverse, going the wrong way.
Here are 5 Things you need to know from a day when the thermometer hit 92:
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1. Routine? Hardly
We’re quite sure this isn’t how Tom Gillis drew up his plans for the par-5 seventh. Drive right of the fairway, a 190-yard iron to lay-up to a perfect 89 yards, and then . . . “a big bowl of chili.” Gillis hung his head in the middle of the fairway, shook it furiously, but then re-grouped ...
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 ...
Keegan Bradley began and ended his day with a three-shot lead Friday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Behind him, the names changed somewhat, while plenty of notables spent their day wondering about the cut line – including John Daly.
Here are 5 Things to know about Friday’s second round in Irving, Texas:
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1. Bradley Stays Steady
Without much of a challenge Friday, Keegan Bradley ambled his way to a 1-under 69 and maintained his three-shot lead at TPC Four Seasons Resort. A couple of times, his lead narrowed to a stroke but it didn't stay that way for long.
Lacking his A-game, Bradley scattered four birdies and three bogeys throughout his round – a far cry from his 12 birdies and two bogeys a day earlier.
"I'm almost more proud of this round than yesterday because I didn't feel comfortable all day," he said. "I don't know what it was, I can't put my finger on it but, you know, I bogeyed the first hole. I was a little uncomfortable and then I settled in and hit some really good shots."
Part of the reason: He only hit half his fairways. And his average distance ...
Editor's note: This column was written from the 2008 Byron Nelson Championship.
IRVING, TEXAS –– Ken Venturi had a severe stuttering problem as a youth, lost competitive golf to carpal tunnel syndrome in his prime, lost a wife to brain cancer and 17 months ago underwent heart surgery.
Yet he’s inclined to repeat, “I’ve been very fortunate.” You pile up his spewing of passion and you know he’s right, that the life of almost 77 years is charmed and the Lou Gehrig lucky line isn’t a stretch.
Francis Ouimet was his stockbroker. Frank Sinatra was his bachelor running mate five years and, in effect, the best man in his wedding. Byron Nelson taught him for years. Ben Hogan mentored him and in his final days picked him as his No. 1 pallbearer. Gene Sarazen, in his final minutes, chose him to deliver his funeral eulogy. Joe DiMaggio tutored him in baseball. Bing Crosby lived down the street. Bob Hope played golf with him. Tiger Woods played for him at a Presidents Cup.
“Isn’t that something?” Venturi says, smiling. “I know they make a lot of money today, but I lived in an era you’ll ...
Ken Venturi, winner of the 1964 U.S. Open and the voice of golf for CBS Sports for 35 years, died Friday afternoon.
Venturi's son, Matt, broke the news of the death to the San Francisco Chronicle, Venturi's hometown newspaper.
Venturi, who turned 82 on Wednesday, had been hospitalized for several months in Southern California. His son said he had developed an infection and pneumonia. Venturi had been unable to travel across country to attend his induction ceremony into the World Golf Hall of Fame in St. Augustine, Fla., on May 6.
Venturi's U.S. Open victory at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md., has long been celebrated for the odds he overcame. On a day when temperatures soared above 100, Venturi survived a 36-hole pressure-cooker and limped home as the champion of the tournament he dreamed of winning all his life.
Venturi led one of golf’s most fascinating lives: tutored by Byron Nelson, a regular golf companion of Ben Hogan, pals with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, and the man whom Gene Sarazen asked to deliver his eulogy.
Born in San Francisco on May 15, 1931, Venturi learned the game at Harding ...
The HP Byron Nelson Championship started in record fashion on Thursday -- thanks to the brilliant play of Keegan Bradley.
The 2011 PGA Championship winner fired a 10-under 60 to take a three-shot lead after the first round at TPC Four Seasons Resort, setting the course record in the process. He needed shoot just a 1-under 69 Friday to maintain that margin.
Scores continued to be low on Friday, with Tom Gillis shooting 63 and John Huh 64 Friday morning, yet none of those who teed off in the afternoon close to the lead could mount a charge on Bradley. Erik Compton's morning 63 left him five shots off the lead.
Fourteen-year-old Tianlang Guan missed his first PGA Tour cut, while several notables barely squeaked through to weekend play.
Read below to see how it all unfolded, and scroll down for a look at our previous tournament coverage:
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Update No. 39: 7:55 p.m. EDT
Zack Fischer and Henrik Norlander gives themselves breathing room with birdies at No. 7 and move to 2 under with the day nearly over. Matt Every finishes with a bogey to fall to 1 over and likely out of weekend play as the projected ...
Two-time major champion Rory McIlroy is leaving Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management to set up his own management group, The Associated Press has learned.
It will be the second time since October 2011 that McIlroy has changed management.
A person with knowledge of the decision said McIlroy will create his own team with his father, close friends and associates. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because McIlroy has not announced the change.
McIlroy, who started the year in a slump and still hasn't won, is to play next week in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
"We cannot make any comment," Conor Ridge at Horizon Sports said in an email.
McIlroy denied speculation last week at The Players Championship about leaving Horizon, and he was accompanied by Sean O'Flaherty of Horizon, when he left Sunday after tying for eighth place.
The Irish Independent first reported that McIlroy was leaving.
McIlroy appears to be following a model set up by Adam Scott, who set up his own company with a small group around him.
The change was a surprise, much like when McIlroy left Chubby Chandler of International Sports Management in 2011, just four months after the 24-year-old from ...
A look at the second-round tee times at the HP Byron Nelson Championship:
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Off No. 10
7:00 a.m.: Joe Ogilvie, Tim Herron, Tom Gillis
7:10 a.m.: Jason Day, Brandt Jobe, Erik Compton
7:20 a.m.: Charley Hoffman, Bill Lunde, Billy Mayfair
7:30 a.m.: D.A. Points, Brian Gay, Louis Oosthuizen
7:40 a.m.: Marc Leishman, Padraig Harrington, Justin Leonard
7:50 a.m.: Michael Bradley, Mike Weir, Wes Short, Jr.
8:00 a.m.: Jeff Overton, Jordan Spieth, Ryo Ishikawa
8:10 a.m.: Brian Davis, William McGirt, Darron Stiles
8:20 a.m.: Troy Matteson, D.J. Trahan, Lee Janzen
8:30 a.m.: Chez Reavie, Hank Kuehne, Casey Wittenberg
8:40 a.m.: Andrew Svoboda, Donald Constable, Guan Tianlang
8:50 a.m.: Steven Bowditch, Justin Bolli, Peter Tomasulo
9:00 a.m.: Aaron Watkins, Alistair Presnell, Charlie Holland
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Off No. 1
7:00 a.m.: Heath Slocum, Jeff Gove, Ricky Barnes
7:10 a.m.: Andres Romero, Rod Pampling, Brian Harman
7:20 a.m.: Jeff Maggert, Patrick Reed, Ben Kohles
7:30 a.m.: Tommy Gainey, Bryce Molder, Jerry Kelly
7:40 a.m.: George McNeill, John Huh ...
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.
Here are 5 Things you need to know from TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas:
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1. OH, SO CLOSE: Three feet. That's how close Keegan Bradley came to a 59 on Thursday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
And that three feet came from the fairway – a 136-yard wedge shot to be exact.
"It was going right at it. (A 59) crossed my mind for a second, and, 'It would be unbelievable if I buried this,' " Bradley said. "But I had 3 feet to shoot 60. I was actually very nervous, uncomfortable over it and thank God I made it."
Bradley would end his round eagle-birdie-birdie to fire a 10-under 60 – shattering his Tour-best round by three shots – equaling the best round on Tour this season (Phil Mickelson shot 60 in Phoenix) and setting the course record at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas.
The 2011 champ at the Byron Nelson, Bradley had 10 birdies, an eagle and back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 18 and 1 ...
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 ...
That's how close Keegan Bradley came to a 59 on Thursday at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.
And that three feet came from the fairway.
Bradley ended his round eagle-birdie-birdie to fire a 10-under 60.
The 60 is a course record at TPC Four Seasons Resort in Irving, Texas and a career-low for Bradley on the PGA Tour.
The 2011 champ at the Byron Nelson, Bradley had 10 birdies, an eagle and back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 18 and 1 (he started on the back nine).
Bradley had not shot better than 66 (Sony Open, Arnold Palmer Invitational) this season. Bradley's last victory came at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in August 2012.
Jeff Rude’s “Hate To Be Rude” column appears on Golfweek.com on Wednesday.
“Not many drivers” is a crazy new catch phrase in sports. It applies not to the Indy 500 or the Iditarod dog-sled race but to, of all things, professional golf in the so-called Bomber Era.
“Not many drivers.” We heard it last week at The Players, where seemingly more and more players hit 3-woods off the tees.
“Not many drivers.” We heard Rory McIlroy say that probably would be the case if conditions are firm at the upcoming Memorial Tournament, hosted by arguably the best long-straight driver in the game’s history.
“Not many drivers.” We certainly will hear that at the U.S. Open at Merion because, well, we’ve already heard it.
The big-headed, easier-to-hit driver becoming less and less of a weapon in golf? Doesn’t sound, feel or smell right.
But that’s the state of the game at the moment, at the PGA Tour level anyway.
Why? For starters, consider that Players champion Tiger Woods said last week that his 3-wood shots at TPC Sawgrass went more than 300 yards and his 5-wood missiles approached 300. He does that and still ...
A look at the first-round tee times at the HP Byron Nelson Championship:
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Off No. 1
7:00 a.m.: Charles Howell III, Graham DeLaet, Greg Owen
7:10 a.m.: Matt Bettencourt, Nathan Green, Sang-Moon Bae
7:20 a.m.: Brian Stuard, Justin Hicks, Scott Langley
7:30 a.m.: Ted Potter, Jr., Ben Curtis, Freddie Jacobson
7:40 a.m.: Charlie Beljan, Scott Piercy, Vijay Singh
7:50 a.m.: Gary Woodland, Y.E. Yang, Kenny Perry
8:00 a.m.: J.J. Henry, Rory Sabbatini, Scott Verplank
8:10 a.m.: Camilo Villegas, Martin Flores, Robert Karlsson
8:20 a.m.: James Driscoll, Michael Letzig, Seung-Yul Noh
8:30 a.m.: Vaughn Taylor, Duffy Waldorf, Ken Duke
8:40 a.m.: Russell Knox, Brad Fritsch, D.H. Lee
8:50 a.m.: Gary Christian, Lee Williams, Zack Fischer
9:00 a.m.: Doug LaBelle II, Henrik Norlander, Jason Schultz
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Off No. 10
7:00 a.m.: Jesper Parnevik, Nick O’Hern, Will Claxton
7:10 a.m.: Ryan Palmer, John Daly, Dicky Pride
7:20 a.m.: Joe Durant, Tim Petrovic, Charlie Wi
7:30 a.m.: Martin Kaymer, Charl Schwartzel, Angel Cabrera
7:40 a.m ...
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