Bo Van Pelt knows how to play golf in his home state.
Three days after he was left off the U.S. Ryder Cup team, the 37-year-old Van Pelt shot an 8-under 64 in the first round of the BMW Championship and was tied with three others for the lead.
Playing his first round as a professional in Indiana, Van Pelt appeared to savor every moment with the family and friends who followed him around Crooked Stick. The crowd increased as his scores dropped.
''I've waited 13 years to come back and play a professional tournament here, so it's nice not to shoot 80 or something,'' said Van Pelt, who grew up in Richmond, about 85 miles east of the tournament site. ''Never had a chance to play in Indiana before, it's a big deal for me. I want to play well.''
Dressed in gray slacks, an Indiana red polo shirt with gray stripes and a white hat bearing the name of the real estate company where his sister works, Van Pelt took advantage of an uncommonly tame course. Wednesday's heavy rain softened the gr...