Van Pelt wins Perth International

American Bo Van Pelt has come out on top of an all-American battle to with Jason Dufner to win the Perth International at Lake Karrinyup.

Van Pelt started the day, one stroke clear of countryman Dufner, and two ahead of 20-year-old Argentine Emiliano Grillo.

 Bo Van Pelt holds the 2012 Perth International trophy at Lake Karrinyup Country Club (Credit: SMP Images)

A final round 4-under, 68, gave Van Pelt a 16-under total and left him two clear of Dufner, with first round leader Alejandro Cañizares of Spain coming through to take third position on 11-under.

“Jason and I had a great battle and played well,” said Van Pelt ranked 28th in the world.

“It definitely got tight there at the end but luckily for me I came out on top. I have a lot of respect for Jason and his game – he’s a world class player and I knew it was going to be tough today.”

World number ten Dufner had his moments, chipping in for birdie on the par-five seventh, and also sending a beautiful approach shot to within a foot of the hole at the par-four 14th.

Yet Van Pelt never looked in doubt from the beginning.

Van Pelt began well as he holed an eight footer at the first for birdie, and he pitched to two feet at the long third to maintain his momentum.

The majority Van Pelt’s teeshots – whether it be the driver or the irons – were placed perfectly in the middle of the fairways and his iron shots were finding the heart of the greens. It was a tradesman-like approach and it was effective.

“I knew he was going to keep the pressure on me, and I needed to play well if I was going to come out on top,” said Van Pelt, 37, and a two-time winner on the PGATour.

“It was fun. That’s why you practice – to give yourself a chance to win with nine holes to go.”

Dufner, who signed for a closing round of 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.”

Spain’s Alejandro Canizares finished third at 11-under, with Kiwi Michael Hendry two strokes further back in fourth.

Grillo dropped two shots on his final three holes to finish at 8-under, but his equal fifth-place finish should be enough for the world number 516th to retain his European Tour card for next year.

Local Greg Chalmers finished as the leading Australian in 10th place at 7-under for the tournament, with Jason Scrivener and Aaron Townsend the next best Aussies in a tie for 19th position at 2-under.