Tracker: Van Pelt (65) leads at The Barclays

Bo Van Pelt hits his tee shot on the fourth hole during the first round of the 95th PGA Championship.

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The first leg of the 2014 FedEx Cup Playoffs began Thursday at Ridgewood Country Club in Paramus, N.J.

And it was Bo Van Pelt, 104th in the FedEx Cup standings, grabbing the lead with a first-round 6-under 65 at The Barclays. He leads by one shot over a group of eight of players tied for second at 5 under, including Hunter Mahan, Jim Furyk and Brendon Todd.

Rory McIlroy shot 74 while Phil Mickelson carded a 71.

Here's how it all unfolded:

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Update No. 21: 5:40 p.m. ET

How about this? Bo Van Pelt was 4 under through 16 holes, trailing the leaders by a shot. One hole later, he's at 6 under and in the solo lead after an eagle at the par-5 17th.

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Update No. 20: 5:24 p.m. ET

And there's room for another, as Jim Furyk birdies the par-5 17th to join what is now an eight-way tie for first at 5 under.

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Update No. 19: 5:13 p.m. ET

The leaderboard is suddenly quite crowded. Along with clubhouse leaders Hunter Mahan, Charles Howell III, Cameron Tringale, Brendon de Jonge and Ben Martin, Danny Lee and Brendon Todd have just joined the lead mix at 5 under.

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Update No. 18: 4:22 p.m. ET

Ben Martin makes a 15-footer for birdie at the par-4 seventh to move into a share of the lead at 5 under. That was Martin's sixth birdie of the day.

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Update No. 17: 4:20 p.m. ET

There are currently 25 players at T-9 or better right now. Among those, only Bubba Watson (3), Rickie Fowler (16) and Justin Rose (18) are currently inside the top 20 in the FedEx Cup standings.

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Update No. 16: 4:16 p.m. ET

Well, K.J. Choi's stay atop the leaderboard is short-lived, as Choi bogeys the par-3 15th to fall back to 4 under.

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Update No. 15: 3:50 p.m. ET

A birdie at the par-4 14th moves K.J. Choi into a share of the lead. Choi is the first person in the afternoon wave to reach 5 under.

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Update No. 14: 3:20 p.m. ET

Brendon Todd sees his run of four straight birdies end with a par at the par-3 10th. Todd, who has seven top 10s this season including a victory at the HP Byron Nelson, is 3 under so far today.

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Update No. 13: 3:10 p.m. ET

Rory McIlroy might have fired a 3-over 74 today, but he did close his round with this birdie putt at the par-4 ninth.

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Update No. 12: 3:07 p.m. ET

Jim Furyk is 3 under through eight holes today. Furyk has five top-5 finishes in his last nine Tour starts. He's also finished T-19 or better in all but one event during that stretch.

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Update No. 11: 2:13 p.m. ET

Here's a look at where the top 10 in the OWGR stand on the leaderboard:

  1. Rory McIlroy, T-109, 3-over 74
  2. Adam Scott, T-17, 2-under 69
  3. Henrik Stenson, T-52, even thru 8
  4. Sergio Garcia, T-79, 1 over thru 5
  5. Justin Rose, T-6, 3 under thru 6
  6. Jim Furyk, T-6, 3 under thru 5
  7. Matt Kuchar, T-52, even thru 4
  8. Bubba Watson, T-6, 3-under 68
  9. Jason Day, T-79, 1-over 72
  10. Phil Mickelson, T-52, even-par 71

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Update No. 10: 12:56 p.m. ET

Phil Mickelson's opening-round even-par 71 included three birdies and three bogeys. He hit eight fairways and made 29 putts.

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Update No. 9: 12:50 p.m. ET

Rory McIlroy bogeyed the par-3 eighth, but got it right back with birdie at the par-4 ninth. Still, McIlroy is currently eight shots back of the lead after an opening-round 3-over 74. Hunter Mahan, Charles Howell III and Cameron Tringale all shot 5-under 66 this morning.

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Update No. 8: 12:05 p.m. ET

Hunter Mahan has grabbed the lead at 5 under after three straight birdies on the back nine, including his latest at the par-5 17th. With one hole left, Mahan, who enters the week at No. 62 in the FedEx Cup standings, leads by a shot.

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Update No. 7: 12:01 p.m. ET

Rory McIlroy has his first birdie of the round and it comes on his 14th hole, the par-4 fifth. McIlroy is 3 over on the day.

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Update No. 6: 11:24 a.m. ET

Of the nine players currently at 3 under or better, only Bubba Watson (3) and Rickie Fowler (16) entered the week inside of the top 20 in the FedEx Cup standings. Watson and Fowler are each 3 under today.

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Update No. 5: 11:19 a.m. ET

A bogey by Ryo Ishikawa at the seventh drops him to 4 under, meaning Steven Bowditch again is the outright leader at 5 under.

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Update No. 4: 10:49 a.m. ET

Rory McIlroy has hit just two fairways in his first nine holes and he makes the turn at 4 over. The World No. 1 just bogeyed the par-4 18th, and also has a double bogey at the par-4 12th and a bogey at the par-5 13th.

Of course, McIlroy is tops in the FedEx Cup standings, so there's no chance a poor finish this week could end his season early. Watch the above video to see how McIlroy, a two-time major champion this season, has risen up the FedEx Cup ranks. Also in the video is Rickie Fowler, who is 3 under through 11 holes today.

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Update No. 3: 10:47 a.m. ET

Steven Bowditch birdies the par-5 third hole to take sole possession of the lead at 5 under, but Ryo Ishikawa follows with birdie at the par-4 fifth, his fourth straight birdie of the round, to join the Australian at 5 under.

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Update No. 2: 10:30 a.m. ET

We're a few hours into the opening round and a couple of surprise names lead at 4 under – Australian Steven Bowditch and Japan's Ryo Ishikawa.

Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Adam Scott are all on the course, too. Scott is 3 under through 10 holes, Mickelson is 1 over through 11 holes and McIlroy is T-59 right now at 3 over through eight holes.

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Update No. 1: 10:15 a.m. ET

Before we get started with the live blog, let's look at a preview for this year's FedEx Cup Playoffs, which kicks off this week at The Barclays.

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