PALM HARBOR, Fla. – Keegan Bradley gave an assist to Adam Scott for his first-round 4-under 67 at the Valspar Championship.
Bradley, who like Scott had to transition to a non-anchored putter when a ban went into effect this season, said the Australian’s play the last few weeks helped inspire him.
“That did get me motivated and made me feel good so thank you, Adam,” said Bradley, who shared the early lead with Ken Duke at Innisbrook.
Bradley said the difference on Thursday was his ability to convert crucial mid-length putts, like he did at No. 8 from 9 feet for par.
For the day Bradley, who switched to a 36-inch putter this week after tinkering with an assortment of longer models in recent weeks, needed just 25 putts on a windswept day that included five birdies and just a single bogey.
“I really had a good day on the greens, which was nice because it’s been awhile,” said Bradley, who had missed four of his last five cuts on the PGA Tour. “The putt on [No.] 8, that’s the putt that has been missing lately.”