SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Keegan Bradley's reticent start to the 2013 season came to a screeching halt Friday afternoon in Arizona amid a raucous ovation on TPC Scottsdale's legendary 16th hole.
Starting his round on the back nine, Bradley was four under on the day following his eagle at the par-5 15th before triggering a thunderous response from the thousands inside the stadium at No. 16 with a birdie that kick-started one of the most impressive rounds of the week.
Making the turn at nine under, Bradley rebounded from his only bogey of the day at No. 2 by recording four straight birdies beginning at the par-4 5th en route to an eight-under round that put the 26-year-old in a tie for third place, five shots behind his Ryder Cup teammate, Phil Mickelson.
A place at the front of the pack is certainly a welcome sight for Bradley, who followed up a T4 in the season-opener at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions with a disappointing T49 at the Sony Open the following week before missing the cut at the Farmers Insurance Open last weekend. But Bradley seems to have put his early season struggles behind him after carding just one bogey during the first two rounds at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
He wasn't the only hot hand burning up the links in Scottsdale on Friday. Phoenix resident Robert Garrigus and Ryan Moore both shot 66s for the second day in a row to move to 10 under for the tournament. In addition, 2009 Masters champion Angel Cabrera carded seven birdies on Friday en route to a 65 that put him at 11 under heading into the weekend.