Keegan Bradley had no thoughts about a course record, or the possibility of a 59, after consecutive bogeys in the middle of his opening round at the Byron Nelson Championship in Irving, Texas.
Until his 136-yard wedge shot on his final hole Thursday.
"It was going right at it. (A 59) crossed my mind for a second, and it would be unbelievable if I buried this," Bradley said. "But I had 3 feet to shoot 60. I was actually very nervous, uncomfortable over it."
Bradley shot a 10-under 60, completed by that short birdie at the 428-yard ninth hole, to break the TPC Four Seasons course record and match the best round ever at the Nelson.
After missing the fairways off the tees and making bogeys at No. 18 and then No. 1, the latter starting his back nine, Bradley was at 3 under. He made a 17-foot birdie putt at the 221-yard second hole, and was 7 under his final eight holes with an eagle-birdie-birdie finish.
"It was rare to match up a ball-striking day and make everything. ... It happened today," Bradley said. "The hole looked huge. Even the putts I missed almost went in."
Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel was in second alone at 63, one shot ahead of Robert Karlsson, Harris English and Ted Potter Jr.
Guan Tianlang, the 14-year-old amateur from China, shot 70 in his second tournament since making the cut at the Masters. The eighth-grader also made the cut in New Orleans three weeks ago.
Guan was among 97 players at par or better on the 7,166-yard course after 1½ inches of rain Wednesday night. Players were able to lift, clean and place their golf balls in the fairways.
Defending champion Jason Dufner shot a 70 in a group with good friends Bradley and Matt Kuchar (69).
"It felt like a Saturday morning round with my buddies," Bradley said.
LPGA Tour: Lexi Thompson birdied four of her last five holes for a 7-under 65 and a share of the lead with Eun-Hee Ji in the Mobile Bay Classic (Ala.).
The 18-year-old Thompson, second last year behind Stacy Lewis, had eight birdies and a bogey on The Crossings course.
"I knew my game was good, so just going to try to keep that going," said Thompson, who hit to within inches on the par-4 ninth to set up her closing birdie.
Jessica Korda was a shot back at 66, while Lewis opened with a 70. Michelle Wie shot a 74.
Web.com Tour: Four players, including former Stanford star Zack Miller, shared the lead at the 22nd BMW Charity Pro-Am (S.C.).
Miller, tour rookie Franklin Corpening, Hudson Swafford and Mark Anderson had 9-under scores on The Reserve at Lake Keowee. Miller had eagles at Nos. 5 and 15.
European Tour: Ian Poulter and Nicolas Colsaerts lost opening round-robin matches in the Volvo World Match Play Championship in Kavarna, Bulgaria.
Thongchai Jaidee beat Poulter 3 and 2, and Colsaerts, the defending champion, fell 4 and 3 to Branden Grace at Thracian Cliffs.