Keegan Bradley still hasn't gotten things right on the 18th hole at the Byron Nelson Championship, even when finally going left. The bogeys on the...
IRVING, Texas — Keegan Bradley still hasn’t gotten things right on the 18th hole at the Byron Nelson Championship, even when finally going left.
The bogeys on the closing hole at TPC Four Seasons haven’t cost him the lead yet.
Bradley overcame consecutive bogeys early and bogeyed No. 18 for the third round in a row Saturday to finish with a 2-under-par 68 that kept him in the lead.
“(Sunday) is the day. Right down the middle,” Bradley said about that last hole. “I’m due!”
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Bradley’s 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.
After 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.
“I 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.”
On 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 in 1980.
Scott 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 Schwartzel (69).
• Chella Choi shot her second straight 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over Jessica Korda and Anna Nordqvist, the Swede who broke the course record with a 61 in the third round of the Mobile Bay LPGA Classic in Mobile, Ala.
Former Cougar Kim Welch (71) was tied for 24th at 8-under 208. Former Husky Paige Mackenzie (67) and Washington resident Wendy Ward (69) were tied for 46th at 5-under 211.
• Graeme McDowell reached the Volvo World Match Play Championship semifinals in Kavarna, Bulgaria, with a victory over Nicolas Colsaerts, the defending champion who took a penalty drop inside a restroom. McDowell rallied from an early deficit to win 2 and 1 over his European Ryder Cup teammate on the oceanside Thracian Cliffs course and will face Branden Grace, a 2 and 1 winner over Chris Wood.