Bo Van Pelt had just the round he needed to start the FedEx Cup playoffs. Rory McIlroy could afford an off day, and he finally had one.
With no guarantee of playing beyond this week, Van Pelt combined a great start and a great finish for a six-under-par 65 to take a one-shot lead Thursday at the Barclays at Paramus, N.J. He is No. 104 in the FedEx Cup. Only the top 100 advance to the next tournament.
Paul Casey is No. 118 with a lot on his mind — specifically the birth of his first child in two weeks — and played bogey-free at Ridgewood to join seven other players at 66.
McIlroy is the top seed after his amazing summer of winning two majors and a World Golf Championship....