Van Pelt wins ISPS Handa Perth International by two over Dufner

Bo Van Pelt at the ISPS Handa Perth International
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Bo Van Pelt won the ISPS Handa Perth International after racking up 10 top-10 performances on the PGA Tour this season.
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Associated Press

Series: European Tour

PERTH, Australia -- Bo Van Pelt won the ISPS Handa Perth International on the European Tour, closing with a 4-under 68 Sunday for a two-stroke victory over American countryman Jason Dufner.

Van Pelt extended his one-shot overnight lead with the help of six birdies and two bogeys to secure his first victory in a European Tour-sanctioned event. He finished at 16-under 272 at Lake Karrinyup and earned $333,330.

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The ISPS Handa Perth International marks the European Tour's return to western Australia for the first time since the 2009 Australian Masters.

"Jason and I had a great battle and played well," said Van Pelt. "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.

Dufner, a two-time winner this year on the PGA Tour, shot a 69. Spain's Alejandro Canizares was third at 11 under after a 68.

New Zealand's Michael Hendry had a 69 to finish fourth at 9 under, and Englishmen Paul Casey (67) and David Howell (71) were another stroke back along with Scotland's Scott Jamieson (68), Wales' Rhys Davies (69) and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (74).

Van Pelt had five birdies in his first 11 holes to increase his lead to three shots, but then stumbled on the 14th when he three-putted for bogey while Dufner hit an approach to within inches of the flag and tapped in for birdie to pull within one.

However, Van Pelt responded with a birdie on the next hole while Dufner bogeyed the 16th to give his rival a comfortable cushion.

''I had a bit of a lead there and made bogey on 14,'' Van Pelt said. ''I thought I hit a pretty good shot but it definitely got tight there at the end. A little tighter than I wanted but luckily for me I came out on top.''

It was Van Pelt's first victory of the year, despite having 10 top-10 finishes. His last victory came in the CIMB Asia-Pacific Classic in Malaysia last year, a title he is due to defend next week.

''I felt I had a good year last without a win, though I won in Malaysia, and this year was kind of the same thing,'' he said. ''I had a lot of top-10s but let a couple of chances slip by.

''Whenever you get to lead you want to try to take advantage of it so it was nice to finish one off this week.''

 


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