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BRADSHAW IS ON track to win his seventh Open and sixth in the last nine years and that fact is not lost on Hurricane's Sam O'Dell.
On his next-to-last hole and sitting at 4-under for the tournament (two strokes behind Bradshaw), O'Dell opted for an aggressive approach on the No. 8 hole.
The result was a lost ball and a double bogey. He birdied No. 9 to join the lead group today that includes Bradshaw and Woody Woodward.
"What, was Bradshaw at six?" O'Dell said. "It's aggressive to the number. Bradshaw isn't going to come back to you. He's always going to be tough to beat. The field too, with Clarky (two-time champion Jonathan Clark) and Berner (2005 champion Craig Berner) not being here. It kind of set up. Bradshaw might have a so-so round, if I get hot and get the putter rolling, I don't know."
Bradshaw had just one bogey in each of the first two rounds, while finishing with a par and a birdie on No. 8.
That was the third-toughest hole in the first two rounds, with the most double bogeys (38) and the second-most bogeys (85).
There were just seven eagles in 36 holes among 120 players.
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PARKERSBURG 56-year-old Scott Bibbee, who has three Senior Amateur championships, is just five strokes behind Bradshaw, entering the final round at 1-under par.
Bibbee, who said he has played in "15 or 20" West Virginia Open championships, never has gone into the final 18 holes under par.
"I'm happy to a certain point, but that's my home course so I'm confident playing there," Bibbee said. "I had it 2-under twice today. I'm still very happy."
He admits much has to happen for him to catch up to Bradshaw.
"I have to shoot the round of my life (Friday) to have a chance, and maybe three or four below that," he said. "Long ways to catch Bradshaw. I'm still very happy."
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THURSDAY WAS cut-down day at the Open with the top 60 plus ties earning a spot in today's final 18 holes.
Just six players are under par - Bradshaw (-6), Woodward (-3), O'Dell (-2), John Ross (-1), Bob Friend (-1) and Scott Bibbee (-1).
Among the players sliding under the bar were Scott Depot's Chris Williams and Charleston's Will Evans.
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THE OPEN will return to the Cobb Course at The Resort at Glade Springs next year for the first time since 2006.
That year Bradshaw won by one stroke over three players. Its last visit to Daniels prior to that year was 1987 when Harold Payne won the championship by eight strokes over Cleve Coldwater.
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