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Record-breaking Bradley leads at Byron Nelson

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Keegan Bradley carded a career-low 60 on day one of the HP Byron Nelson Championship © Getty Images
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Keegan Bradley shot a career-low 60 to take charge on day one of the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Texas.

The 26-year-old's round is also a course record at TPC Four Seasons and a joint tournament record alongside Sam Snead and Arron Oberholser, who carded the same score at Glen Lakes in 1957 and Cottonwood Valley in 2006 respectively.

And it could have been so much better for Bradley, who began on the tenth, but back-to-back bogeys at the 18th and first denied him the opportunity of joining the five players in PGA Tour history to have carded a 59.

But Bradley will tee up in the second round on Friday fully in command of a tournament at which he won his maiden title in 2011.

"It was rare to match up a ball-striking day and make everything [on the green]," Bradley said after playing his final eight holes in seven-under.

"It never happens, probably a couple of times, and it happened today. The hole looked huge. Even the putts I missed almost went in, and that's when you know you're putting really well.

"Shooting a course record is pretty unbelievable at an event like this, considering the history and the players that have won and the players that have played here before me."

Bradley's ten-under score sees him three clear of 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel on seven-under, with Ted Potter Jr, Harris English and Robert Karlsson a shot further back.

Camilo Villegas played holes nine to 16 in eight-under-par, but a double-bogey five at the par-3 17th and a further dropped shot at 18 saw the Venezuelan finish the day at five-under, alongside Ryan Palmer and Angel Cabrera.

Former world No. 1 Martin Kaymer finished the day at two-under-par, while London-born Gary Christian is the highest-placed Brit at one-under.

With heavy rain falling overnight ahead of the first round, the 156-strong field had the advantage of being able to lift, clean and place their balls in the fairways, while greens were softened considerably, making them more receptive to approach shots.

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