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Keegan Bradley, playing without belly putter for 1st time, opens with 67 at Memorial

  • Michael Thompson hits his approach shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Michael Thompson hits his approach shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chris Kirk tees off on the 17th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Chris Kirk tees off on the 17th hole during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)  (The Associated Press)

  • Paul Casey chips to the 11th green during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)

    Paul Casey chips to the 11th green during the first round of the Memorial golf tournament Thursday, May 29, 2014, in Dublin, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)  (The Associated Press)

Keegan Bradley shot his lowest round at the Memorial, except the score wasn't what made Thursday so unusual. He did not use a belly putter for the first time in four years.

On the advice of his mother, and after a week practicing at home with Michael Jordan, Bradley went with a more conventional style putter and had a 5-under 67. He was one shot behind the early leaders at Muirfield Village.

Bradley was the first player to use a belly putter to win a major in the 2011 PGA Championship. The anchored stroke will be banned in 2016. He didn't say he would make the switch permanent, though he sure got off to a good start.

Paul Casey, Chris Kirk and Masters champion Bubba Watson were at 66.