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Valspar Championship 2021: Keegan Bradley Holds 2-Stroke Lead After Round 2

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2021

Keegan Bradley reacts after missing a putt on the ninth hole during the first round of the The Players Championship golf tournament Thursday, March 11, 2021, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
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Keegan Bradley wasn't quite able to match his seven-under 64 from Round 1, but he's still in a strong position for his first win on Tour since 2018 heading into the weekend of the 2021 Valspar Championship.

Bradley carded a five-under 66 to sit at 12 under for the tournament and tied with Sam Burns for the lead at Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club.

The opening-round leader holed out from 115 yards on the par-four 18th to tie Burns, who soared to the top of the leaderboard after shooting an eight-under 63.

"You can't see the green from down there, so you have to wait for the crowd's reaction," Bradley told reporters after the round. "And when everyone puts their arms up, normally that means it goes in. So another bonus of having fans out here. It makes it a lot more exciting for everybody."

Burns, a 24-year-old with limited PGA experience, has never won on the PGA Tour. He previously finished in a tie for 12th at the 2018 Valspar Championship.

"For me it's just sticking to what I've been doing, having a good game plan going into the day," Burns said. "I know over the weekend there will be some challenges, and I'm excited for the opportunity."

Bradley and Burns hold a four-stroke lead over Lucas Glover, Max Homa and Charley Hoffman, who are tied for third at eight under. 

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World No. 1 Dustin Johnson trails the leaders by nine shots after shooting a three-under 68. Johnson will have a ton of work to do over the weekend to get his first victory since last November's Masters Tournament. However, getting his first top-10 since February is not out of the question.

World No. 2 Justin Thomas is nine strokes off the lead at two under.

One notable who won't be making the weekend is Phil Mickelson, who missed the cut by one stroke at even par after shooting a two-under 69.