New England native Keegan Bradley opened up his home tournament strong with a 6-under 65, en route to second place on the leaderboard after day one of the Deutsche Bank Championship at the TPC Boston in Norton.
Bradley, 28, led for most of the day at the second event of this year’s FedEx Cup playoffs as well as the last tournament before U.S. Ryder Cup captain Tom Watson announces his three wild-card picks for the team on Tuesday. Bradley, who played on the 2012 squad, can only make it this year if he’s selected by Watson and a win this weekend will go a long way toward making that happen.
Bradley was overtaken for the outright lead late by veteran Ryan Palmer, who carded an 8-under 63, which was highlighted by four straight birdies coming in. Three players, including former U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson, are tied for third at 5-under, with rookie sensation Jordan Speith among a group of five players close behind at minus-4.
Bradley conquered the 2011 PGA Championship as a rookie, but the former standout at Hopkinton High School hasn’t won on tour since the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. The Deutsche Bank winner will pocket a cool $10 million, and if it’s indeed Bradley who takes the big prize, he could very well earn himself a chance to play for his country for the second consecutive Ryder Cup as a bonus.
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