Keegan Bradley makes some big changes, opens with 63 at RBC Canadian Open


Zach Johnson gives Golfweek/USA TODAY behind-the-scenes look at how sports psychologist Mo Pikens gets him mentally ready to compete at highest level.

Keegan Bradley started working with a sports psychologist the week before the PGA Championship, put an old putter back in his golf bag ahead of last week’s Memorial and decided at the last minute to play this week’s RBC Canadian Open.

Wise choices, it seems.

Bradley missed just one green and two fairways in regulation en route to a bogey-free, 7-under-par 63 Thursday to grab the lead at Hamilton Golf & Country Club in Hamilton, Ontario.

“Today was one of the best of the year, if not the best,” said Bradley, who decided to shake things up to try and turn his year around. He has just one top-10 finish in 14 starts this season and missed the cut last week in the Memorial.

“I knew if I could just put myself in the fairway, which I did today, I was having short irons in,” Bradley said. “I’m pretty dialed in right now, so I was able to really get the ball close and then hole those putts. It’s just fun. A lot more fun doing that.”

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