Keegan Bradley was on another level in the first round at the RBC Canadian Open on Thursday.
The 2011 PGA Championship winner is in the solo lead in the clubhouse after shooting a 7-under 63 at Hamilton Golf and Country Club in Ontario.
The 63 is his best round since 2013 when he shot the same score in the second round at the Barclays.
His five straight birdies from the seventh through the 11th holes were keyed by his putter, which has been his main struggle since his lone major win in 2011.
After the outlawing of anchored putting, Bradley has had a hard time finding his way. He broke a six-year winless drought last fall at the BMW Championship and has rarely been at the top of the leaderboard at events.
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Thursday is the obvious exception as he is up by one on five players in the first round. His putter had a lot to do with his success.
“I hit almost every fairway, almost every green, and then holed some putts,” Bradley said after his round, via the Golf Channel. “With me, it’s all about the putter. When that thing gets going, I can do stuff like I did today.”
Shane Lowry, Sungjae Im, Nick Taylor, Erik van Rooyen and Roberto Castro all sit one shot back at 6 under.
World No. 2 Dustin Johnson had some struggles during his round, shooting a 1-over 71. World No. 4 Rory McIlroy shot 3 under.