Bradley torches Copperhead to hold 2-shot lead at Valspar Championship

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Keegan Bradley rode elite iron play to an opening-round 64 at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course on Thursday to hold a two-shot lead at the Valspar Championship.

The 34-year-old gained four strokes with his approach shots to lead the field in that category. He missed only one green in regulation during his seven-birdie, no-bogey performance.

"Well, today was an all-around just great day," Bradley said, according to ASAP Sports. "Basically zero stress the whole day. I didn't really come close to making a bogey, so that was a really fun day to be out there and playing."

The notoriously fast starter is searching for his first victory since 2018. He was the first-round leader at the 2016 Valspar Championship but shot 79 in the second round to miss the cut.

Max Homa is among five players who are at 5-under par and chasing Bradley. Homa nailed a 57-footer on 18 to shoot 66.

Here's how the top of the leaderboard stands after Day 1:

Place Player To Par R1 Score
1 Keegan Bradley -7 64
T2 Emiliano Grillo -5 66
T2 Ryan Moore -5 66
T2 Hank Lebioda -5 66
T2 Max Homa -5 66
T2 Patton Kizzire -5 66

Abraham Ancer and Jason Kokrak shot 4-under to sit in a seven-way tie for seventh.

Sungjae Im (3-under), Joaquin Niemann (3-under), and world No. 2 Justin Thomas (2-under) opened the week in Tampa with under-par starts.

Dustin Johnson shot even to sit outside the top 50.

Bradley torches Copperhead to hold 2-shot lead at Valspar Championship
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