Van Pelt takes control
First-hole eagle sets American on his way
Last Updated: 29/06/12 12:59pm
Bo Van Pelt: Flawless opening round of 67 at Congressional
Bo Van Pelt carded a flawless four-under 67 to take the lead after the first round of the AT&T National in Maryland.
On a day where scoring proved tough, with only 22 of the 120-strong field shooting below par, an eagle at the first hole helped the American to the top of the leaderboard.
However, it was his putting that pleased Van Pelt.
First round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-4 B Van Pelt
-3 B De Jonge
-3 V Singh (Fij),
-3 J Walker
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"That's improved the most," Van Pelt told www.pgatour.com. "I've stuck with one putter since last year in the fall, and it's probably the longest stretch I've done that since I was a kid."
Setting out on the back nine, Van Pelt reached the turn at one-under after a birdie-three at the 17th.
That improved to three-under at the par-four when he holed out from just over 90 yards and a further birdie at the next hole left him one shot clear of a group of three players.
That group included Vijay Singh, who birdied the final hole of a rollercoaster round that included four bogeys as the Fijian set the early pace.
He was joined at two-under-par by Zimbabwe's Brendon de Jonge and American Jimmy Walker while England's Greg Owen was the top European at one-under.
Tiger Woods found the going tough, who never got below par on his way to a one-over 72.
Scotland's Martin Laird was also on one-over, while England's Brian Davis was two shots further back.