Keegan Bradley shot an eight under par 63 in the second round of The Barclays to grab the course record – which didn’t last through Saturday. That impressive round was sandwiched between a 72 and 74, putting Bradley at four under par for the tournament and in a tie for 26th position.
If he hopes to have any chance at contending for this week’s title, Bradley is more than likely going to have to flirt with the course record again. He’s eight shots off of the lead heading into a final round that should allow for improved scoring over what we saw on Saturday. He’s shown that he can go low at Liberty National Golf Club but doing it in the final round of the first FedEx Cup Playoff event is a completely different story.
The difference in Bradley’s second and third round scorecards is blatantly obvious. He carded eight birdies and no bogeys in the second round. He managed just one birdie in the third round but did card four bogeys. If this pattern continues, however, Bradley should score well on Sunday – he played poorly in first and third rounds and played well in the second round. He’s going to need every birdie he can muster if he hopes to take a shot at the leaders.
Even if he doesn’t get near the top of the leaderboard, Bradley is still in good shape heading into the Deutsche Bank Championship. He came into the playoffs ranked 10th and is all but assured of remaining in the top 15. If The Barclays had ended today Bradley would only fall two spots to 12th place.