Van Pelt secures Perth title

  • Last Updated: October 22 2012, 8:13 BST

Bo van Pelt clinched his first victory on the European Tour with a two-shot triumph in the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

Bo van Pelt: Sealed victory with a 68

American Van Pelt came into the final day with a one-stroke lead after holing a 60-foot birdie putt on the 18th on Saturday and picked up a shot on the first to set the tone for his final round.

He finished on 16 under overall after carding 68 to beat compatriot Jason Dufner by two shots, with first-round leader Alejandro Canizares three strokes further back in third.

"Jason and I had a great battle and played well. It definitely got tight there at the end but luckily for me I came out on top," Van Pelt told the European Tour website.

"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."

Van Pelt demonstrated nerves of steel around the green and rolled in from 15 feet at the seventh to turn in 32, before picking up his fourth and fifth birdies of the day immediately afterwards.

He two-putted at the 15th to give Dufner hopes of catching up but Van Pelt birdied the next and another dropped shot at the 17th proved inconsequential after Dufner had bogeyed the 16th.

Paul Casey finished in a tie for fifth - alongside fellow Englishman David Howell, Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Rhys Davies of Wales - after a marvellous final round of 67.

The 35-year-old Casey has struggled for form this season after suffering a dislocated shoulder in a snowboarding accident last Christmas but is showing signs of getting back to his best and finished on eight under overall - one stroke behind fourth-placed Michael Hendry.

Collated final round scores and totals (Gbr & Irl unless stated, par 72)

272 Bo Van Pelt (USA) 70 67 67 68

274 Jason Dufner (USA) 71 67 67 69

277 Alejandro Canizares (Spa) 65 73 71 68

279 Michael Hendry (Nzl) 65 73 72 69

280 Emiliano Grillo (Arg) 66 67 73 74, Paul Casey 67 75 71 67, David Howell 71 68 70 71, Rhys Davies 68 72 71 69, Scott Jamieson 72 71 69 68

281 Greg Chalmers (Aus) 68 73 69 71

282 Knut Borsheim (Nor) 70 71 72 69, Steven Jones (Aus) 71 71 68 72

283 Scott Laycock (Aus) 71 72 71 69, Steve Webster 72 73 72 66

284 Robert Coles 71 68 73 72, Mark Brown (Nzl) 71 69 72 72

285 Richard Bland 70 69 76 70, Ashley Hall (Aus) 68 72 73 72

286 Jason Scrivener (Aus) 68 69 76 73, Aaron Townsend (Aus) 71 71 73 71, David Mckendrick (USA) 72 71 70 73, Matthew Baldwin 74 71 74 67, Sam Little 72 71 72 71, James Mclean (Aus) 75 70 74 67

287 Jason Norris (Aus) 70 73 71 73, Matthew Millar (Aus) 71 70 75 71, Rika Batibasaga (Aus) 73 71 72 71

288 Craig Lee 70 70 77 71, Ryan Mccarthy (Aus) 73 73 72 70, Peter Cooke (Aus) 73 66 74 75, Matthew Zions (Aus) 74 68 73 73, Andrew Dodt (Aus) 68 73 73 74, Tommy Fleetwood 75 70 74 69, Andre Stolz (Aus) 70 73 68 77, Edoardo Molinari (Ita) 71 72 72 73

289 Brett Rumford (Aus) 74 70 75 70, Scott Strange (Aus) 71 71 75 72, Ignacio Garrido (Spa) 74 71 67 77

290 Paul Spargo (Aus) 78 68 69 75, Stephen Dartnell (Aus) 72 67 74 77, Daniel Fox (Aus) 70 75 71 74, Wade Ormsby (Aus) 74 72 72 72, Terry Pilkadaris (Aus) 71 74 73 72, Thomas Petersson (Swe) 70 72 73 75

291 Josh Younger (Aus) 73 71 72 75, David McKenzie (Aus) 72 71 76 72, Matthew Stieger (Aus) 75 71 71 74, Kieran Pratt (Aus) 74 69 72 76, Jin Jeong (Kor) 70 72 78 71

292 Andrew Johnston 67 73 80 72, Ryan Haller (Aus) 75 68 75 74, Anthony Summers (Aus) 71 75 73 73

293 Matthew Guyatt (Aus) 70 75 71 77, Rick Kulacz (Aus) 71 74 72 76, Rohan Blizard (Aus) 73 73 75 72

294 Kristopher Mueck (Aus) 74 70 74 76, Thomas Norret (Den) 72 74 74 74, Hamish Robertson (Nzl) 76 69 76 73, Oliver Wilson 73 73 70 78, Oliver Goss (Aus) 74 72 75 73, Edouard Dubois (Fra) 71 71 70 82

295 Max Mccardle (Aus) 68 70 80 77, Alastair Forsyth 70 70 79 76

296 Jamie Moul 70 75 72 79, Anthony Brown (Aus) 72 74 77 73, Peter Wilson (Aus) 71 74 76 75

297 Mikael Lundberg (Swe) 75 71 74 77, Tim Wood (Aus) 74 70 75 78

299 Federico Colombo (Ita) 71 74 74 80, Peter O'Malley (Aus) 73 73 80 73

300 Ben Wharton (Aus) 73 73 80 74

302 Matthew Giles (Aus) 74 71 76 81


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