Bethesda, MD (Sports Network) - Bo Van Pelt carded a 4-under 67 on Thursday
during tough conditions to grab the lead after one round of the AT&T National.
With the Blue Course at Congressional Country Club causing fits for much of
the field, Van Pelt didn't stumble to a single bogey. That helped him climb to
the top of the leaderboard, perhaps more than anything, but his eagle at the
first hole didn't hurt.
Van Pelt owns one PGA Tour victory, which came at the 2009 U.S. Bank
Championship in Milwaukee. But he's frequently been in the hunt this season,
with five top-10s.
The 37-year-old holds a one-stroke advantage over three-time major winner
Vijay Singh, Brendon de Jonge and Jimmy Walker, all of whom shot a 3-under 68.
Jimmy Walker, Billy Hurley III and Pat Perez share fifth place at minus-2,
while defending champion Nick Watney is part of a large group tied for eighth
at 1-under 70.
Tournament host Tiger Woods struggled to a 1-over 72 on Thursday, when he hit
11 greens in regulation.
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