Palmer leads by two

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Ryan Palmer was sublime as he raced to a two stroke lead at the 2014 Deutsche Bank Championship on Friday.

The American picked his way around TPC Boston course with precision to card an eight under 63, his lowest round of the season.

It was Palmer’s putter that was on fire as he needed only 21 putts in his round. missing nothing outside 15 feet. Despite a solitary bogey on the par four tenth, a strong finish would see Bradley birdie his last four holes.

“It was one of my best ones of the year, for sure,” the 37-year-old told golf.com.

“I keep telling myself something is going to happen. I don’t know where or when. My game has been in good shape. It was a matter of getting it all together.”

Two strokes back after a six under 65 is fellow American Keegan Bradley, who is hoping to be one of US Ryder Cup team captain Tom Watson’s wild card picks for the event in September.

“I am dreaming about it,” revealed the 28-year-old.

“When I wake up, I am thinking about it. When I’m on the course, I am thinking about it. I’ve just made the decision that it’s going to come up and I’m not going to try to block it out.

“I’m not going to sit up here and say any cliches that I’m not thinking about the Ryder Cup or any of that. I am very aware every second of the day that I’m being watched by the captain. And I’m just trying to embrace that be aware of it and enjoy it if I can.”

Sitting on five under after the opening round is the trio of Chesson Hadley, Webb Simpson and Australia’s Jason Day.

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson slumped to two over 74 after an indifferent round that included a double and a triple bogey.

“I said it would be feast or famine,” said the lefty.

“I was hoping it would be Stableford. If it was Stableford, I’d be right in it.”

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