Sunday, September 9, 2012

Bo Van Pelt Diary: Despite strong start, there's a lot of golf left

Bo Van Pelt is the world's 27th-ranked golfer and a Richmond, Ind., native who resides in Tulsa, Okla. He shot 8-under-par 64 Thursday and is the BMW Championship's first-round co-leader. Van Pelt, 37, is 20th in the FedEx Cup standings and has agreed to provide a daily diary, as told to Star reporter Phil Richards.

"My starts haven't been that good this year. It's always nice to get off to a good start, but it's a long golf tournament and there's going to be a bunch of guys playing well, and the way the golf course is, you've just got to put the pedal to the metal the next three days.

"I kind of have an idea of how I want to play the holes but things come up and you've got to be able to roll with the punches. Today the ball was going pretty far and the course was soft and you just had that feeling it was going to be one of those days you had to go low. I just tried to stay aggressive.

"I think the biggest thing I learned from Bethpage the first week (of the PGA Tour Playoffs) and TPC Boston the first three rounds last week, I was making too many bogeys from the fairway. There were times I just got too aggressive with my lines and would short-side myself and make a bogey. The biggest thing, I didn't make any bogeys the last round in Boston; I made 16 straight pars and birdied the last two. That was the thing I wanted to do today and I had no bogeys. When you get a golf course like this, a lot of people think you have to be so aggressive, but you're going to make plenty of birdies. The main thing is, just don't go backwards. Don't make a bogey and go the other way.

"It's early and I'm just trying to put myself in position. You never know when the back nine on Sunday is going to be your day. So that's the thing: just put yourself there."


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