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Bo Van Pelt seals two shot win

Bo Van Pelt won the Perth International on Sunday, closing with a 4-under 68 for a two-stroke victory over American countryman Jason Dufner.

Van Pelt extended his one-shot overnight lead with the help of six birdies and two bogeys to secure his first victory in a European Tour-sanctioned event. He finished at 16-under 272 at Lake Karrinyup and earned $333,330.

''We had a good battle there,'' Van Pelt said. ''We both played well.''

Dufner, a two-time winner this year on the PGA Tour, shot a 69. Spain's Alejandro Canizares was third at 11 under after a 68.

New Zealand's Michael Hendry had a 69 to finish fourth at 9 under, and Englishmen Paul Casey (67) and David Howell (71) were another stroke back along with Scotland's Scott Jamieson (68), Wales' Rhys Davies (69) and Argentina's Emiliano Grillo (74).

Van Pelt had five birdies in his first 11 holes to increase his lead to three shots, but then stumbled on the 14th when he three-putted for bogey while Dufner hit an approach to within inches of the flag and tapped in for birdie to pull within one.

However, Van Pelt responded with a birdie on the next hole while Dufner bogeyed the 16th to give his rival a comfortable cushion.

''I had a bit of a lead there and made bogey on 14,'' Van Pelt said. ''I thought I hit a pretty good shot but it definitely got tight there at the end. A little tighter than I wanted but luckily for me I came out on top.''

It was Van Pelt's first victory of the year, despite having 10 top-10 finishes. His last victory came in the Asia-Pacific Classic in Malaysia last year, a title he is due to defend next week.

''I felt I had a good year last without a win, though I won in Malaysia, and this year was kind of the same thing,'' he said. ''I had a lot of top-10s but let a couple of chances slip by.

''Whenever you get to lead you want to try to take advantage of it so it was nice to finish one off this week.''

Scores

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

----------------The following players failed to make the cut------------

147 Charl Schwartzel (Rsa) 71 76, Sven Puymbroeck (Nzl) 74 73, Kurt Carlson (Aus) 73 74, Scott Arnold (Aus) 75 72, Andrew Evans (Aus) 75 72, Corey Hale (Aus) 74 73, Brendan Smith (Aus) 73 74, Andy Sullivan 72 75, Ben Campbell (Nzl) 75 72, Markus Brier (Aut) 70 77, David Bransdon (Aus) 77 70, Heath Reed (Aus) 70 77, Lorenzo Gagli (Ita) 72 75

148 George Murray 77 71, Gareth Maybin 77 71, Joakim Lagergren (Swe) 78 70, Michael Smyth (Aus) 73 75, Craig Hancock (Aus) 74 74, Stephen Leaney (Aus) 72 76, Nick Cullen (Aus) 76 72, Brad Lamb (Aus) 70 78, Michael Wright (Aus) 73 75, Tristan Lambert (Aus) 75 73, Andrea Pavan (Ita) 72 76, Jack Wilson (Aus) 76 72, Kim Felton (Aus) 72 76

149 Peter Nolan (Aus) 76 73, Ian Esson (Aus) 71 78, Daniel Popovic (Aus) 73 76, Andrew Tschudin (Aus) 73 76, Brett Rankin (Aus) 72 77, Doug Holloway (Nzl) 74 75, Gareth Paddison (Nzl) 75 74, Matthew Griffin (Aus) 75 74

150 Carlos Del Moral (Spa) 69 81, Mahal Pearce (Nzl) 74 76, James Kingston (Rsa) 76 74, Mitchell Brown (Aus) 75 75, Brent McCullough (Aus) 77 73, Johan Edfors (Swe) 77 73, Adam Bland (Aus) 77 73, Gary Boyd 73 77, Clint Rice (Aus) 75 75, Ryan Lynch (Aus) 76 74, John Wade (Aus) 73 77, Alex Hawley (Aus) 75 75

151 Matt Jager (Aus) 73 78, Leigh Deagan (Aus) 70 81, Andrew Martin (Aus) 79 72, Brad Shilton (Nzl) 76 75, Oscar Floren (Swe) 77 74

152 Nathan Park (Aus) 76 76, Matt Ballard (Aus) 81 71, Pieter Zwart (Aus) 72 80, Brody Ninyette (Aus) 74 78, Grant Thomas (Aus) 74 78, Peter Hedblom (Swe) 77 75

153 Mikko Ilonen (Fin) 77 76, Leigh Mckechnie (Aus) 79 74, Adam Crawford (Aus) 74 79

154 Daniel Denison 75 79, Craig Parry (Aus) 76 78

155 Michael Long (Nzl) 80 75, Michael Foster (Aus) 77 78, Josh Geary (Nzl) 75 80

158 James Carr (Aus) 78 80

160 Andrew Kelly (Aus) 78 82

161 Chris Wood 79 82

162 Craig Hasthorpe (Aus) 78 84

163 Michael Curtain (Aus) 83 80

WD: Lara Jose Manuel (Spa) 78


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