Bo Van Pelt beats Jason Dufner to capture ISPS HANDA Perth International in Australia
Bo Van Pelt carded a closing four-under 68 to win the ISPS HANDA Perth International in Australia by two shots.
Last Updated: 21/10/12 11:06am
The closing round quickly developed into an All-American shootout between Van Pelt and Ryder Cup star Jason Dufner and it was the former who always had the edge as he posted a winning score of 16-under 272.
Van Pelt, who took a one-shot lead into the final round after holing a mammoth 60 foot birdie putt on the 18th in round three, had doubled that lead by the turn after three birdies and no bogeys.
The world number 24 stretched the lead to three with a birdie at 11 but world number 10 Dufner wouldn't lie down and reduced the gap to just a single shot at 14 after knocking his approach to six inches while Van Pelt three-putted for bogey.
That was as close as it got though as Van Pelt birdied 15 and Dufner bogeyed 16 to widen the gap to three again.
Van Pelt bogeyed 17 but Dufner couldn't apply any more pressure, leaving the 37-year-old to hole out for par at the last to complete a two-shot win and claim his first European Tour title.
Spain's Alejandro Canizares birdied four of the last six holes, including 18, to come through and finish third at 11-under, two shots clear of New Zealand's Michael Hendry in fourth.
A five-way tie for fifth featured English duo Paul Casey and David Howell, Welshman Rhys Davies, Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Argentine Emiliano Grillo, who led by four shots at halfway.
"Jason and I had a great battle and played well," said Van Pelt later.
"It definitely got tight there at the end but luckily for me I came out on top.
"Lake Karrinyup was a great test of golf all week. It's been a battle; the wind blew, the greens were firm and fast, and it was just a joy to play all week.
"Whenever you get a lead you want to take advantage of it so it was nice to finish one off this week," said Van Pelt, who still has only one US Tour win to his name.
Dufner, who signed for a 69, was pleased with his efforts in his first appearance since the agonising Ryder Cup defeat to the Europeans.
"It's been a good trip," he said. "It's good to get back out and compete and nice to be in the hunt after a couple weeks off and after The Ryder Cup.
"Nothing to be ashamed of, just got to tighten up a couple things."