Bradley maintains advantage at Byron Nelson


With lift, clean and place conditions once again in effect at TPC Four Seasons, many players were able to better par, but none were able to catch the overnight leader. Here's how things shape up heading into the third round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship, where Keegan Bradley remains in front by three shots:

The leaderboard: Keegan Bradley (-11), Tom Gillis (-8), Sang Moon Bae (-8), Ryan Palmer (-7), Charl Schwartzel (-7), John Huh (-7), Gary Woodland (-7)

What it means: After breaking the course record in Thursday's opening round, Bradley began somewhat slowly Friday, playing his first six holes in 1 over. From there, though, the former PGA champion added a trio of birdies and, despite a closing bogey, maintained his three-shot advantage after carding a 1-under 69.

Round of the day: Playing in the morning wave, Gillis took full advantage of favorable conditions to shoot his best round of the 2013 season. Gillis, whose best finish this year was a tie for 25th at the Honda Classic, carded birdies on eight of his first 16 holes. Even after a disappointing bogey on his last hole of the day, where he three-putted from less than 10 feet, Gillis was left with a 7-under 63 that moved him near the top of the leaderboard.

Best of the rest: Like Gillis, Erik Compton played in the morning wave and, following a 2-over 72 Thursday, had some work to do. He more than made up for a mediocre opening round, though, carding eight birdies against just one bogey to match Gillis with a 63. After starting the day on the wrong side of the cut line, Compton now heads into the weekend in excellent position to contend.

Biggest disappointment: Having made the cut in each start thus far in 2013, Matt Kuchar has not been forced to sweat many Friday afternoons. He struggled today, though, putting his ball in the water on the home hole that raised serious doubts about whether the reigning WGC-Match Play champ would be around this weekend. The bogey left him with an even-par 70 Friday, and at 1 under overall he now sits 11 shots behind Bradley, with whom he played the first two rounds.

Main storyline heading into Saturday: With breezy conditions expected for the third round, can Bradley maintain his advantage? His play has been nearly flawless through two rounds, but there is no shortage of capable contenders close behind, headlined by former major winners Schwartzel and Angel Cabrera, and TPC Four Seasons can often serve as a great equalizer when the wind is involved.

Shot of the day: After blistering his drive 336 yards at the par-5 seventh hole, Kuchar had 193 left for his approach to a bunkered green. The iron rolled to within 18 feet of the pin, and from there he made the eagle putt en route to his second-round 70.