Bo Van Pelt kept bogeys off his card and picked up an extra shot when his wedge spun back into the hole for an eagle. It's a formula that would work well at aU.S. Open, which is what Congressional felt like Thursday in the AT&T National at Bethesda, Md.
On a day when only seven players managed a score in the 60s, Van Pelt opened with a four-under-par 67 to grab a one-shot lead over Vijay Singh, Brendon De Jonge and Jimmy Walker.
Tiger Woods was never under par in the afternoon and opened with a one-over 72.
The venerable Blue Course took a beating last year in the so-called toughest test in golf when unfavorable weather conditions in the weeks leading up to the U.S. Open and overnight rain during the championship made Congressional a pushover. Rory McIlroy had a record score of 16-under 268 for an eight-shot victory.
The AT&T National was more of a grind.
"It's certainly, I think, a little retribution for what happened last year," Woods said. "Don't be mad at me. I didn't play."