NORTON, Mass. — Ryan Palmer took only 21 putts Friday at TPC Boston and birdied half of his holes. That gave him an 8-under-par 63 and a two-shot lead over Keegan Bradley after the first round of the Deutsche Bank Championship.
Palmer didn’t miss a putt inside 15 feet and closed his round with a pitching wedge to 18 feet, making the downhill putt for his ninth birdie.
Bradley matched his low round of the season, though what meant more was the timing. This is the final week before U.S. captain Tom Watson decides which three players he will pick to fill out his Ryder Cup team. Bradley always seemed like a logical choice, though he wants to leave nothing to chance. He played bogey-free in a gentle breeze.
Webb Simpson, who also needs a pick to return to the Ryder Cup, and Jason Day were among those at 66.
Jordan Spieth recovered from a double bogey to start his round and, with his entire family in tow, turned it around with four birdies and an eagle for a 67. Also at 67 was Ian Poulter, who seems certain to be a Ryder Cup pick for Europe on Tuesday.
Rory McIlroy was brilliant at times and sloppy at other times in his round of 70.
Phil Mickelson had a 74. He wasn’t sure what to expect and even Lefty had to be surprised by his card that had six pars, six birdies, four bogeys, a double bogey and a triple bogey.
KIM BOOSTS LEAD TO THREE: In Portland, Oregon, I.K. Kim increased her lead to three strokes at the Portland Classic, shooting a 5-under 67 to reach 12-under.
The South Korean had seven birdies and two bogeys in her morning round in cloudy, calm conditions at Columbia Edgewater. She won the most recent of her three LPGA Tour titles in 2010 and had a victory this summer in a Ladies European Tour event in England.
Carlota Ciganda and Mi Jung Hur shot 65 to join Laura Diaz at 9 under. Diaz had a 68.
So Yeon Ryu, the Canadian Women’s Open winner Sunday, was 8-under along with Mina Harigae, Xi Yu Lin and Paula Reto.
PERNICE, BRYANT SHARE LEAD IN CANADA: In Calgary, Alberta, Tom Pernice Jr. and Bart Bryant shot 8-under 62 to share the first-round lead in the Shaw Charity Classic.
Pernice, 54, birdied his first five holes — Nos. 10-14 — and had 10 birdies and two bogeys at Canyon Meadows. The two-time PGA Tour winner won the Principal Charity Classic in June for his third Champions Tour title.
Bryant, at 52 a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, birdied five of his last eight holes. He won his lone Champions Tour title last year. David Frost was a stroke back.