Bo Van Pelt held off fellow American Jason Dufner to win the ISPS HANDA Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Perth, Australia.
Van Pelt closed with a four-under par 68 to finish on a four-round total of 16-under, good enough to win the tournament by two strokes.
The American took the lead by holing a monster putt across the final green in round three and he never relinquished it through round four.
He made an excellent birdie at the first and raced to the turn in just 32 strokes.
Dufner applied some pressure on the back nine however. He almost holed his approach to the 14th while Van Pelt three putted. At that stage the gap was reduced to a single stroke. But Van Pelt responded with a birdie at the 15th and held the ship steady as he sailed to victory.
“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. It was fun. That’s why you practice – to give yourself a chance to win with nine holes to go.”
Spain’s Alejandro Canizares was third and the cheque for almost €100,000 moved him into the all-important top-60 on the Race to Dubai, crucial if he’s to earn a start in the Dubai World Championship.
“The top five here gets me into Singapore which helps a lot,” said Cañizares. ”I didn’t have that tournament before because of my ranking from last year, so I’m happy to be able to get there on my own merit. It helps me, gives me one more chance to consolidate in the top 60 and hopefully play in Dubai.”
Paul Casey showed a welcome return to form. The Englishman closed with a 67 to finish the week in a tie for fifth. It was his first top-10 on the European Tour in 2012.
ISPS HANDA Perth International
Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Australia
Oct 18-21, purse €1,541,836, par 72
1 Bo Van Pelt (USA) 70 67 67 68 272 €256,585
2 Jason Dufner (USA) 71 67 67 69 274 €171,057
3 Alejandro Canizares (Esp) 65 73 71 68 277 €96,374
4 Michael Hendry (NZL) 65 73 72 69 279 €76,976
T5 Paul Casey (Eng) 67 75 71 67 280 €47,664
T5 Rhys Davies (Wal) 68 72 71 69 280 €47,664
T5 Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 66 67 73 74 280 €47,664
T5 David Howell (Eng) 71 68 70 71 280 €47,664
T5 Scott Jamieson (Sco) 72 71 69 68 280 €47,664
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage
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