PARAMUS, N.J. – Bo Van Pelt prepped for this week’s Barclays by going fishing in the East River on Tuesday.
Yes, that East River.
And yes, he caught some striped bass there. And no, he didn’t eat any of them.
His opening round was no fish story, either, as a bogey-free 6-under 65 has him atop the leaderboard so far – his first outright lead on the PGA Tour in more than two years.
“The course I grew up on is similar,” he explained. “A lot of trees and slopey greens and bentgrass, obviously was a little shorter maybe than this one. But I love coming up here to bentgrass and slopey greens and stuff that I'm used to. Kind of takes me back to being a kid.”
This represents a stark turnaround for Van Pelt, ranked No. 104 on the FedEx Cup points list, who struggled for much of this season.
“It was just more of getting frustrated. I felt like my game wasn't that bad but my scores were pretty horrible. So I just felt like, man, if I could just get a little momentum going the right direction. … So it was kind of starting to go the right direction over the summer. You try not to freak out because you have been out here long enough, but it's not the best position to be.”