First timer Keegan an unlikely leader

Competing in his first major, Keegan Bradley tied for the PGA Championship lead with a flawless second-round 64 at Atlanta Athletic Club on Friday.

Bradley carded six birdies and no bogeys to move 35 spots up the leaderboard, and shares the lead with Jason Dufner at five-under-par, one shot clear of the competition.

25-year-old Bradley, who started off the back nine, kicked off the round with a birdie on the 10th. “It’s always good to birdie that first hole,” said Bradley.

He carded birdies on the 12th and 14th, the latter came off an impressive shot out of a fairway bunker to six-feet from the pin. Bradley sank the putt and maintained his score to make the turn at three-under.

The HP Byron Nelson Champion was rewarded with a birdie on the first, the 10th hole of his card. “That was about as fast a putt as I’ve ever seen in my life, I barely even breathed on it,” said the 25-year-old.

Bradley carded a further birdie on the sixth before snatching his final birdie of the day on the seventh with a marvellous 30 foot putt.

With a first round plagued by bogeys, Bradley has learnt that making greens is the trick to succeeding at Atlanta. “If you hit good shots, it’ll reward you,” said Bradley.

With his flawless Friday, Bradley knows what it takes to succeed at the course, and is a surprising contender for ‘glory’s last shot’.

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