Texas - Keegan Bradley still hasn't gotten things right
on the 18th hole at the Byron Nelson Championship, even
when finally going left.
bogeys on the closing hole at TPC Four Seasons haven't
cost him the lead yet.
overcame consecutive bogeys early and bogeyed No. 18 for
the third round in a row Saturday to finish with a
2-under 68 that kept him in the lead.
is the day. Right down the middle," Bradley said
about that last hole. "I'm due!"
13-under 197 total gave him a one-stroke lead over
Sang-Moon Bae, who had his third consecutive 66. Tom
Gillis was two strokes back after a 67.
going way right off the tee at No. 18 the first two
rounds, Bradley smashed his drive Saturday down the left
side toward the water. The ball stayed dry, but settled
behind a large rock and forced him to punch back into
the fairway. His approach settled on the front edge of
the green and he almost saved par — the ball rolled
just over the lip of the cup.
thought I made the putt, which would have been
exciting," he said. "But 5 on that hole from
where I hit it off the tee is a pretty good score."
Sunday, Bradley will be trying to win at TPC Four
Seasons for the second time in three years. He could
also become the Nelson's first wire-to-wire winner since
Tom Watson led alone at the end of all four rounds in
be easier than having to come from behind," he
said. "I have felt comfortable out there, haven't
felt nervous. I feel like I put the time in, I feel like
this is where I should be when I play well is near the
lead or in the lead."
got his first PGA Tour victory as a rookie at the Nelson
two years ago. He followed that by winning the PGA
Championship later that season and the World Golf
Championship-Bridgestone Invitational in 2012. The
nephew of LPGA great Pat Bradley came from behind on the
final day for all of those wins.
following his opening course-record 60 with a 69 on
Friday, Bradley started the third round with a
three-stroke lead. He stayed alone at top of the
Piercy's 66 matched Bae and three others for the best
round on a breezy Texas day. Piercy was fourth at 10
under, two strokes ahead of Gary Woodland (68), Harris
English (68), John Huh (69) and 2011 Masters champ Charl
players made the cut of even par, there were threesomes
instead of traditional twosomes for the third round.
That put Bradley in the same group with Bae and Gillis,
who started the round tied for second place.
secondary cut trimmed the field to 72 players for the
final round, when Bradley plays with Bae in the final
group. Gillis is paired with Piercy.
is playing pretty good, but you got to play 'em all, see
how it shakes out," said Gillis, who missed the
cuts in his previous five tournaments.
was the last player in the field with a bogey Saturday,
when he three-putted from 20 feet at the 203-yard 17th.
He got that stroke right back when he blasted out of a
greenside bunker for an unexpected birdie at No. 18.
dinner taste better, that's for sure," Gillis said.
first got to 12 under with a 13-foot birdie at the
505-yard third hole and saved par at the next hole after
driving into a fairway bunker.
consecutive bogeys came when he two-putted for bogey
after missing the green at the par-3 fifth and then
drove into the rough at No. 6. But after a long wait to
tee off at the 542-yard seventh hole, Bradley got to the
green in two and two-putted from 14 feet for a birdie.
Bradley's drive at No. 11 settled just a few inches
above the top edge of a bunker, it looked like he might
have some trouble. But he hit his approach shot onto the
green, 34 feet from the cup, and sank the birdie putt to
get to 13 under. He blasted within 12 feet from a
greenside bunker at the par-5 16th hole for birdie.
the 26-year-old South Korean who has 11 international
victories but none on the PGA Tour, was quickly within a
stroke of the lead after birdies on the first two holes.
He made a 9-footer on the first and curled in a 32-foot
birdie putt at the 223-yard second hole.
12-footer for birdie at the eighth hole got Bae to 10
under, again only a stroke back. But Bradley made a
14-foot birdie putt to close out the front nine and made
the turn with a two-stroke lead over Bae and Gillis, who
also made a birdie from 14 feet at the ninth hole to get
to 10 under.
play just my game," Bae said when asked how
difficult it will be trying to overtake Bradley.