JERSEY CITY, N.J. – Kevin Stadler tied the Liberty National course record on Thursday. Rickie Fowler matched that mark on Friday. But the two of them were quickly passed by Keegan Bradley, who now has the record all to himself.
Bradley posted a second-round 8-under 63 to climb the leaderboard at The Barclays and put himself in contention for his first win of the season.
Afterward, he said it started after a change in strategy following a final-hole blunder during the completion of his first round earlier in the day.
“I hit a ball out of bounds on the last hole this morning. It was just brutal and decided that I was going to prove to myself that that wasn't how I'm going to end this tournament,” explained Bradley, who shot 72 in the first round. “So I decided to go out and just let it go, and I really seemed to play well on that second 18.”
Starting on the 10th hole, Bradley posted four birdies in an inward 31, then matched it with four more for a 32 on the outward nine.
For the product of nearby St. John’s University, the score meant a little more at this event.
“This is the first time I've ever made the cut in this tournament,” he said. “My rookie year, I just won the PGA, I had no chance. Last year, it was at Bethpage and it was really a tough week. … This week I've really kind of secluded myself and room service every night. But this has always been a tournament that I've always really wanted to play well at, and this is the first time I've even remotely come close to shooting under par, so it's nice.”