Keegan Bradley Claims Tour Championship Lead

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American Keegan Bradley is having a very good time of life. A month after seizing a win in the 2011 PGA Championship, Bradley captured a two-shot lead in the first round of the season-ending PGA Tour Championship.

The 25-year-old golfer who was the first player to win a major tournament with a long putter recorded four birdies and edged out his fellow American Jason Dufner with a score of 8-under-par 64. Dufner posted three birdies in the opening four holes and ended the day with a 66, one the same level as America’s Chez Reavie and Britain’s world No. 1 Luke Donald.

America’s Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan and Charles Howell III along with Australia’s Adam Scott and Jason Day were one stroke behind with an opening round score of 67 in the thirty-man competition.

Top-ranked Webb Simpson and third-ranked Justin Rose posted a 69 in the first round while second-ranked Dustin Johnson hit a level par 70.

Despite his lead, Bradley has a shot at winning the FedExCup and $10 million coming with it only if he seizes the Tour Championship title and other players with a better position in the FedExCup points list have a poor finish.

Bradley was in 20th place before the start of the tournament while the top five included Matt Kuchar, Luke Donald, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson and Webb Simpson who would capture the FedEx Cup were they to secure a victory in this event.