Birdies at five of the last eight holes saw American Bo Van Pelt cap an impressive six-shot victory at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic in Malaysia.
Van Pelt signed for a closing 64 that gave him a sizeable win over second placed Jeff Overton, with Swede Freddie Jacobsen a further shot behind in third.
Van Pelt had taken a one-shot lead into the final round over Ryder Cup player Jeff Overton and struggled to shake off the attentions of Overton, who is still seeking his first win. But Van Pelt moved up a gear after the turn, making birdies on the 11th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 17th holes. Overton meanwhile felt the heat of Van Pelt’s birdie blitz and slumped to back-to-back bogeys on the 12th and 13th holes, and despite birdies at the 15th and 17th the gap was too great to peg back.
“I’ve had a couple of chances to win this year, but didn’t come out on top,” Van Pelt said after his win. “Canada was a tough pill to swallow. I just wanted to learn from that and do a better job when I had the lead. I take a lot of satisfaction in how I played today.”
“I played well all day. I didn’t make any bogeys. I just tried to play to game plan all week.”
The event, which is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour and Asian Tour saw Van Pelt lift a winner’s cheque of $1.3 million. Although the event is co-sanctioned, Van Pelt’s win doesn’t count as an official win on the PGA Tour, but does for the Asian Tour.
Overton was philosophical about once again playing second fiddle after holding chances to win.
“That was one of the best rounds of golf I’ve seen. I didn’t play a great round. I played a solid round. I kind of had a couple of hiccups. He birdied some holes that I bogeyed and those were huge momentum shifters.”
A three-way tie for fourth saw Columbia’s Camilo Villegas, and United States pair Cameron Tringale and Mark Wilson finish on 15-under par, while John Senden, Ryan Palmer and Vijay Sing finished a further shot behind in a share of 7th place.
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