How it Happened: Bradley still atop Nelson

Keegan Bradley during the second round of the 2013 Byron Nelson Championship.

Keegan Bradley during the second round of the 2013 Byron Nelson Championship.

Scores »

RBC Heritage

Hilton Head, SC - Harbour Town Golf Links

3:05:24 PM ET. 04/17/2014




PosNameTodayThruScore
T1Matt Kuchar-5F-5
T1Scott Langley-512-5
T1William McGirt-512-5
4Tim Herron-313-3
T5Russell Knox-2F-2
Complete Leaderboard »

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:

• • •

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 cut remains at even par.

• • •

Update No. 38: 7:29 p.m. EDT

Among players still on the course and around the cut line, Pat Perez has moved to 1 under alongside Zack Fischer and Henrik Norlander at T-51. Meanwhile, Matt Every remains even as are Brad Fritsch and Henrik Norlander at T-68. Bobby Gates and Doug Labelle II are 1 over.

• • •

Update No. 37: 7:07 p.m. EDT

Vijay Singh bounces back from a bogey to birdie the last and ensure he will make the cut at 2 under.

Several notables are among a large group at T-68 and waiting to see if even par makes the weekend. They include Jason Day, Jason Dufner, Padraig Harrington, Justin Leonard, Jesper Parnevik and Kenny Perry. Three players remain on the course at even: Matt Every, Pat Perez and Kevin Sutherland.

• • •

Update No. 36: 6:32 p.m. EDT

Leader Keegan Bradley finds trouble off the tee at the par-4 18th, then punches to the green; the ball rolls over the back, but he'll take it as its path flirted with the water hazard to the left of the green. His pitch runs about four feet past, his putt falls low and short and he ends with a tap-in for bogey. Bradley finishes with 69 and will likely carry a three-shot lead into the third round as he did the second.

• • •

Update No. 35: 6:21 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley pars the 17th to remain 12 under, leading by four.

Vijay Singh bogeys the 8th to slip to 1 under, needing bogey or better at the last to make the projected cut of even par.

• • •

Update No. 34: 6:06 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley two-putts from about 45 feet to birdie the par-5 16th and stretch his lead to four shots over Tom Gillis and Sang-Moon Bae.

Vijay Singh moves to 2 under for the tournament with a birdie at the 7th, getting him two shots clear of the projected cut line of even par.

Ryuji Imada falls to even par with a double bogey at the 14th. He had birdied his first three holes but falls back to 1 under for the day.

Jesper Parnevik finishes birdie-par to get to even.

• • •

Update No. 33: 5:57 p.m. EDT

Sang-Moon Bae gets back to 8 under with a birdie at No. 18, finishing his second 66 in as many rounds. Bae's best finish this year is a T-8 at the Northern Trust Open in February.

John Daly puts his approach shot from the 18th fairway about 5 feet from the pin. He makes the putt to finish with a 66 as well, making his third cut of the year. His best finish is a T-50 at the Puerto Rico Open.

Charl Schwartzel misses a chance to move into second, pushing a 4-foot birdie attempt on No. 16 and settling for par.

• • •

Update No. 32: 5:44 p.m. EDT

Angel Cabrera double bogeys the 16th to end a string of six straight pars and fall to 6 under, five back of leader Keegan Bradley. Tom Gillis, who shot 63 this morning, is alone in second.

John Daly misses a birdie putt on the par-3 17th to remain 2 under for the day (note: Daly parred the par-5 16th).

• • •

Update No. 31: 5:31 p.m. EDT

Checking in on some notables around the cut line:

  • Jason Dufner fell to the projected cut line of even par with a double bogey back at No. 12;
  • Robert Karlsson, who shot 64 Thursday, gave it all back with a 6-over front nine and three pars since;
  • Vijay Singh birdied No. 3 to get to 1 under and has parred twice since;
  • Jesper Parnevik remains 1 over with a pair of pars since his double bogey at No. 14.

• • •

Update No. 30: 5:21 p.m. EDT

Graham DeLaet cards another birdie, his second in a row, moving into the T-2 bunch at 8 under, three shots back of leader Keegan Bradley. Tom Gillis is in the clubhouse on that mark with a 63 today, while Angel Cabrera has rattled off five straight pars since reaching 8 under.

Bradley pars No. 14, his fourth straight.

• • •

Update No. 29: 5:05 p.m. EDT

Gary Woodland birdies three in a row after making the turn to get to 6 under for the day, 7 under for the tourney and T-4.

John Daly birdies to get to 2 under, his third in four holes to get him two shots inside the projected cut line of even par. He's 3 under for the day with three to play.

• • •

Update No. 28: 4:54 p.m. EDT

Sang-Moon Bae birdies No. 5, his third in four holes, to move to 8 under. Bae is 4 under today and T-2 with Angel Cabrera and Tom Gillis, three shots back of leader Keegan Bradley.

Graham DeLaet also is 4 under today, moving to 7 under with a birdie at No. 6. DeLaet made the turn at 1 under and has scattered three birdies since.

• • •

Update No. 28: 4:43 p.m. EDT

The projected cut line is even par – and some notable names are hovering around it:

  • John Daly, 1 under: 2 under today through 13
  • Vijay Singh, even: 1 under through 11 today
  • Padraig Harrington, even: Shot 70 today
  • Jason Day, even: Shot 68 today
  • Jesper Parnevik, 1 over: 1 over today through 14

• • •

Update No. 27: 4:32 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley gets under par for the first time today with a birdie at No. 10, finding the fairway and hitting his approach to about 10 feet. He makes the putt to get to 11 under, three ahead of Angel Cabrera and Tom Gillis.

Ted Potter Jr. bogeys No. 2 to drop to 7 under, 1 under for the day. Charl Schwartzel does the same with a bogey at No. 11 and is even today.

• • •

Update No. 26: 4:16 p.m. EDT

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

7. Louis Oosthuizen – 3 under for tournament after shooting 70.

14. Keegan Bradley – 10 under for tournament; even through nine.

17. Charl Schwartzel – 8 under for tournament; 1 under through 10.

20. Jason Dufner – 1 under for tournament; 1 under through nine.

25. Jason Day – Even for tournament after shooting 68.

• • •

Update No. 25: 4:04 p.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel's second birdie of the day, at No. 9, gets him to 8 under as he makes the turn at T-2, two back of Keegan Bradley. Angel Cabrera waffles with a bogey at No. 8 and a birdie at No. 9 to make the turn at 8 under. Ted Potter Jr. also birdies as he makes the turn at No. 18 and gets back to 8 under.

Brazilian Alexandre Rocha makes three straight birdies at Nos. 2-4 to get to 6 under. Rocha's only finish this season is a T-64 at the Puerto Rico Open; he also missed the cut at Pebble Beach.

• • •

Update No. 24: 3:47 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley is back to 10 under with a birdie at No. 7 and a par at No. 8. His even-par round is still good for a two-shot lead.

Gary Woodland gets to 4 under for the day with a birdie at No. 16; he's the low man among the afternoon groups and T-9 at 5 under.

• • •

Update No. 23: 3:31 p.m. EDT

Angel Cabrera birdies the par-5 No. 7 to climb to 8 under, just one shot back of leader Keegan Bradley. Cabrera quietly shot 65 yesterday morning while Bradley stole the spotlight.

Camilo Villegas, who also earned attention Thursday climbing to 8 under before a troublesome finish, is 1 over today through five holes, bogeying Nos. 10 and 12 before getting a stroke back at No. 13.

• • •

Update No. 22: 3:19 p.m. EDT

Leader Keegan Bradley gives back another stroke at the par-4 No. 6, nearly holing a scrambling par effort but tapping in for bogey to slip to 9 under. He's one ahead of Tom Gillis and two ahead of Angel Cabrera, John Huh, Charl Schwartzel and Ted Potter Jr., the last of which bogeys at No. 15 to fall into the group at 7 under.

• • •

Update No. 21: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley pars the 5th to remain 10 under and even for the day. His best finish this season is a T-3 at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Ryuji Imada is the low man among the afternoon groups, starting with three straight birdies to get to 2 under for the tournament.

• • •

Update No. 20: 2:54 p.m. EDT

Angel Cabrera birdies the par-3 No. 5 to move to 7 under, T-4 with John Huh and Charl Schwartzel.

Tianlang Guan finds water on the last to end his round with a double bogey. Having shot even par Thursday, Guan cards a 77 and will not play the weekend here.

• • •

Update No. 19: 2:39 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley moves back to 10 under with a birdie at the par-4 No. 4, having found the fairway off the tee and hitting his second shot to about 10 feet.

• • •

Update No. 18: 2:26 p.m. EDT

Charl Schwartzel steadies himself with a par at No. 3. Keegan Bradley pars again as well.

Marc Leishman, the low man of the first-round afternoon tee times, finishes with an even-par 70 Friday to remain 4 under.

Chez Reavie, who was 4 under for the day after a birdie at No. 5, finishes double bogey-birdie-par to card a 67, good for 4 under and T-16.

• • •

Update No. 17: 2:11 p.m. EDT

Leader Keegan Bradley takes aim at getting that lost shot back, hitting his approach at the par-3 No. 2 hole inside 15 feet. The putt slides by long and he settles for par to remain 9 under.

Ted Potter Jr. has started his day with birdies at Nos. 10-11 to move to 8 under, within a shot of Bradley.

Angel Cabrera move to 6 under with a birdie at No. 1 and follows that with a par.

Tianlang Guan has three straight pars since a birdie at No. 4. He won't make the cut, but will look to build momentum as he is headed next to a U.S. Open sectional qualifier. That takes place June 3 at Dallas' Lakewood CC. As the Asia-Pacific Amateur champ, Guan was exempt from the USGA's local-qualifying round.

• • •

Update No. 16: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Keegan Bradley starts his day with a bogey, hitting an errant tee shot, staying short of the green with his second and failing to get up and down for par. He still leads at 9 under.

Charl Schwartzel starts birdie-bogey to remain 7 under.

Cameron Percy has four birdies and no bogeys today as he moves to 6 under with three to play.

• • •

Update No. 15: 1:58 p.m. EDT

As leader Keegan Bradley gets his day started, the eagle-birdie-birdie finish that keyed his 60 yesterday stands out more and more as the tournament progresses. Consider this sampling of how some of the tournament's other low rounds have finished so far:

  • Camilo Villegas, first-round 65: At 8 under on the No. 17 tee, he ended with a double bogey and a bogey to slide to 5 under.
  • Charl Schwartzel, first-round 63: At 5 under on the No. 7 tee, he ended birdie-birdie-par to get to 7 under.
  • Ted Potter Jr., first-round 64: At 6 under after a birdie at No. 13, he carded five straight pars to end his day.
  • Tom Gillis, second-round 63: At 8 under after a birdie at No. 7, he finished par-bogey to slip to 7 under.
  • Erik Compton, second-round 63: At 7 under after a birdie at No. 7, he finished bogey-birdie to wrap up his round.
  • John Huh, second-round 64: At 7 under after a birdie at No. 13, he finished with a birdie and two bogeys in his final four holes to slip to 6 under.

• • •

Update No. 14: 1:34 p.m. EDT

John Huh bogeys the 18th, yet his second-round run carries him to T-3 and 7 under as he heads in to sign for a 64.

Chez Reavie moves to 4 under for the day with a birdie at No. 5. He's 5 under for the tournament with three to play today after a par at No. 6.

• • •

Update No. 13: 1:18 p.m. EDT

John Huh pulls even with Tom Gillis in second place, thanks to a tee shot on the par-3 17th that lands within 5 feet of the cup and a successful birdie putt.

Tianlang Guan birdies the 4th, finding the fairway off the tee and hitting his approach shot to about 5 feet, then making his putt. It's a bit of a consolation prize as he's 5 over with five to play and the projected cut standing at 1 under with the afternoon groups just getting underway.

• • •

Update No. 12: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Erik Compton finishes birdie-bogey-birdie to card a 63 and head to the clubhouse T-8 at 5 under.

Tianlang Guan has three pars in a row but likely just six holes left to play in this tournament as he remains 6 over.

• • •

Update No. 11: 12:47 p.m. EDT

Tom Gillis pars No. 8, then hits final approach shot of the day to about 10 feet on No. 9 – and three-putts from there for bogey. The 44-year-old heads to the clubhouse alone in second place at 8 under after a 63. He's two back of leader Keegan Bradley, who tees off in about an hour.

John Huh bogeys the long par-4 16th to drop to 7 under, T-3 with Charl Schwartzel.

Tianlang Guan gets a much-needed par at No. 1 to end a string of bogeys.

• • •

Update No. 10: 12:24 p.m. EDT

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

7. Louis Oosthuizen – 4 under for tournament; 1 under through 15 today.

14. Keegan Bradley – 10 under Thursday; tees off at 1:40 EDT.

17. Charl Schwartzel – 7 under Thursday; tees off at 1:30 EDT.

20. Jason Dufner – Even par Thursday; tees off at 1:40 EDT.

25. Jason Day – Even for tournament; 2 under through 16 today.

• • •

Update No. 9: 12:19 p.m. EDT

Jason Day birdies No. 6 to get to even par – and will need to do some more work to get inside the cut line, which is projected at 1 under before the afternoon groups even tee off.

Tianlang Guan bogeys again, his fifth in a row as he makes the turn at 6 over.

• • •

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

John Huh birdies again, this time at the par-3 13th, tying Tom Gillis in second at 8 under for a few moments.

Gillis then birdies the par-5 No. 7 hole, finding a fairway bunker off the tee and hitting to a greenside bunker from there, then getting up and down to move to 9 under – just one shot back of leader Keegan Bradley.

Other than Gillis, Huh and Erik Compton, the morning groups are finding trouble rallying. The next-best scorers are 3 under for the day: Stephen Ames, Charley Hoffman, Jerry Kelly and Jordan Spieth.

Tianlang Guan cards his fourth straight bogey, taking a four at the par-3 17th. At 5 over, he'll need to play the front nine lights-out to make the cut.

• • •

Update No. 7: 11:58 a.m. EDT

John Huh converts a birdie at the par-4 12th to get to 7 under and T-3 with Charl Schwartzel, who tees off in about 90 minutes.

Tom Gillis escapes bogey at No. 6, missing the fairway and green but pitching to about 5 feet and making his par putt. He remains the low man on the course at 7 under for the day, 8 under for the tournament and two back of leader Keegan Bradley. Gillis' best career finish is T-2 at the Honda Classic in 2012.

Just behind Gillis, Erik Compton also misses the fairway at No. 6. He finds the green and two putts from about 60 feet to remain 6 under today, 4 under for the tournament.

At the par-5 No. 16, Tianlang Guan cards his third straight bogey to fall to 4 over, his chances of making the cut becoming more improbable still.

• • •

Update No. 6: 11:43 a.m. EDT

John Huh gives himself a birdie look at No. 11, hitting his approach shot inside 15 feet. His putt rolls past and he settles for par.

Erik Compton also earns a birdie look at No. 5, hitting to about 15 feet yet making his putt to move to 6 under on the day, 4 under for the tournament.

• • •

Update No. 5: 11:31 a.m. EDT

Another birdie for Tom Gillis as he moves to 8 under, alone in second place. Gillis hit his tee shot at the par-3 No. 5 to about 10 feet and sank the birdie putt. Considering that leader Keegan Bradley played Nos. 6-9 in 4 under yesterday, Gillis has a chance at something special here.

Tianlang Guan now has bogey or worse on three of his last four holes. Guan bogeyed No. 15 after finding trouble off the tee and is 3 over. He faces an uphill battle during the next 12 holes if he is to make another cut.

• • •

Update No. 4: 11:23 a.m. EDT

Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 2-3 get Erik Compton to 5 under on the day through 12, 3 under for the tournament.

Tom Gillis puts his approach shot inside 10 feet on the par-4 No. 4 hole, but runs his birdie putt past and settles for par to remain 7 under.

Texas Longhorns product Jordan Spieth makes the turn at 3 under for the day with birdies at Nos. 11, 14 and 16. He's 4 under for the tournament – and in his two tours of TPC Four Seasons Resorts' back nine, he's 5 under.

• • •

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

John Huh birdies No. 9 to make the turn in 30 strokes, 5 under for the day. He's T-4 at 6 under for the tournament. Huh's best finish this season is T-11 at the Masters.

Tom Gillis pars No. 3 to remain 7 under, while Ricky Barnes bogeys No. 12 to fall back to 4 under.

Tianlang Guan bogeys No. 14 after hitting his second shot in the water. He slips to 2 over through five holes today.

• • •

Update No. 3: 10:59 a.m. EDT

Ricky Barnes moves to T-7 at 5 under with a birdie at No. 10 that gets him to 3 under on the day. He follows with a par at No. 11

• • •

Update No. 2: 10:51 a.m. EDT

Tianlang Guan, the 14-year-old amateur from China who made the cut at the Masters and the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, is 1 over today after a double bogey at the par-4 No. 12 and a birdie at the par-3 No. 13. Guan shot even par yesterday. At T-91, he'll need a second round similar to the one he had in New Orleans if he is to make his third cut in as many tries against Tour competitors.

• • •

Update No. 1: 10:44 a.m. EDT

Tom Gillis, the low man on the course, hits his tee shot at the par-3 No. 2 hole to about 10 feet and makes the putt to get to 6 under on the day, 7 under overall and T-2 with afternoon golfer Charl Schwartzel. Gillis' best finish this season is a T-25 at the Honda Classic.

• • •

Early risers

Tom Gillis, who was 3 under through 14 yesterday before bogeying three of his last four holes, is 5 under today through 10 holes. He's 6 under overall – good for T-3 with afternoon golfers Harris English, Robert Karlsson and Ted Potter Jr.

Erik Compton, John Huh and Jerry Kelly are 3 under today through nine, six and seven holes respectively. Compton is 1 under overall, Huh and Kelly 4 under overall.

• • •

Slow starters

Padraig Harrington is 4 over through six holes today after shooting even par yesterday. Brandt Jobe, Jeff Maggert and Scott McCarron are 3 over today through nine, eight and five holes respectively. Jobe is 3 under overall, Maggert 1 over and McCarron 9 over.

• • •

Weather conditions

It should be warmer today, with highs near 90 once cloud cover begins to break up in the early afternoon, according to Weather.com. Chance of rain is no more than 20 percent.

• • •

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.

• • •

Pre-tournament coverage

Tee times: First round, HP Byron Nelson Championship

A look at the first-round tee times at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Bombers use 3-woods to cut Tour courses down to size

“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.

Day, Spieth lead predictions for HP Byron Nelson Championship

Jason Day and Jordan Spieth have had success at the Byron Nelson Championship and register as favorites this week by our fantasy panel. Check out their predictions!

Welcome to Golfweek.com's comments section.
Please review the posting guidlines here: Golfweek.com Community Guidelines.
All accounts must be verified using Disqus email verification

  • PGA
  • CHMP
  • WEB
[[PGAtourn]] Full Leaderboard >
Prev
  • [[player._CurPos]]
  • [[player._Lname]], [[player._Fname]]
  • [[player._TournParRel]]
  • [[player._Thru]]
Next
[[CHMPtourn]] Full Leaderboard >
Prev
  • [[player._CurPos]]
  • [[player._Lname]], [[player._Fname]]
  • [[player._TournParRel]]
  • [[player._Thru]]
Next
[[NWIDtourn]] Full Leaderboard >
Prev
  • [[player._CurPos]]
  • [[player._Lname]], [[player._Fname]]
  • [[player._TournParRel]]
  • [[player._Thru]]
Next