Dufner, Van Pelt move at Perth International
Bo Van Pelt and Jason Dufner will fight out the Perth International as the two Americans moved into position with third rounds of 67.
Van Pelt is at 12-under and a stroke ahead of Dufner with Emillian Grillo in third position, two strokes behind the leader at 10-under.
Bo Van Pelt in action during day three at the 2012 Perth International Golf Tournament (Credit: SMP Images)
Steve Jones and Greg Chalmers are the best of the Australians in a tie for 6th position at 6-under, six strokes from Van Pelt.
Starting the day four shots back from overnight leader Emiliano Grillo, Van Pelt opened with a birdie and went on to keep his composure in difficult scoring conditions.
“I felt good starting out, made birdie on the first and had a good warm up,” said Van Pelt.
“I was definitely happy shooting that kind of score today, it was a tough day out there. Like I said all week, you’ve got to drive the ball straight and then put the ball in position on the greens, because they have a lot of slope and they are getting firm and they are getting fast.”
Dufner, ranked 10 in the world, proved the class of player that he as he fought back into contention in Perth after earlier rounds of 71-67.
“After 3‑putting the first and number two is pretty tough, getting that eagle there got me going in the right direction,” said Dufner.
“It was a nice day to get a good score and move up and have a realistic chance of not having to do anything crazy tomorrow and being in contention to try to win the tournament.”
Andre Stolz fired a round of 68, the second best for the day, to move into a tie for 9th position to be within seven strokes of the leaders.
Stolz is capable of firing low with the multiple tour winner having the experience and game to challenge the leaders.
At present the focus is upon the two marque Americans who have not disappointed the tournament organisers.
Van Pelt holed a 60 foot birdie putt on the final green to take a one shot lead into the final round. The world number 24 remains confident he can get the job done in Perth knowing Dufner will put up a fight as the two are pared in Sunday’s final group.
“It was just nice to finish with a birdie like that and hopefully take that into tomorrow,” said Van Pelt.
“Jason is a great player, Grillo is playing well and he’s probably going to come out and shoot a low one tomorrow. I just need to make sure that I am also in the mix to be in contention to will the tournament.”