AMERICA’S Bo Van Pelt has taken out the inaugural ISPS Handa Perth International with a two stroke victory over fellow countryman Jason Dufner at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
Having snatched the lead with a 60 foot putt on the final green at the end of the third round, the 37 year old was never headed.
He closed with a four under 68 to finish at 16-under for the tournament. A scrambled par on the last showed what Dufner may have achieved he had been able to put more pressure on his compatriot.
First round joint leader Alejandro Cañizares of Spain finished alone in third on 11 under.
“Jason and I had a great battle and played well,” Van Pelt said after accepting the winning trophy. “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.”
Dufner, who signed for a 69, was pleased with his efforts in his first appearance since The Ryder Cup.
“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.”
New Zealand’s Michael Hendry (69) took fourth on nine under, while all five players tied for fifth had reason to be pleased with their week’s work.
For Paul Casey (67) it was a first top-ten finish on The European Tour this season, Scott Jamieson (68) and David Howell (71) boosted their prospects of featuring in Dubai, and Wales’ Rhys Davies (69)and Argentina’s halfway leader Emiliano Grillo (74) took a significant step towards securing their playing rights for next season.
Greg Chalmers (71) was the leading Aussie, finishing in 10th place on 7-under.
Chalmers was somewhat disappointed with the result but was looking forward to competing in the rest of the Australian summer of golf.
“I’ve had a great week and really enjoyed all the local support and it’s been a really exciting week for me. I have not played Professional golf here [in Perth] for so long and it’s been just fabulous,” Chalmers said.
“I was never going to win the golf tournament after about nine holes I figured out but I was in a good position to have a strong finish, top three or five and I blew it over the last couple of holes.”
“I’m going to play the [Australian] Open and the [Australian] PGA to defend what I won last year. I’ll be back and I’ll be playing. I come back every year and I enjoy it,” he added.2012 Perth International Leaderboard