Brilliant Bo Laughs to the Bank

Sun 30 Oct 2011

Brilliant Bo Laughs to the Bank


Kuala Lumpur, October 30: American Bo Van Pelt was laughing all the way to a CIMB Bank after romping to a stylish six-shot victory in the US$6.1 million CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia on Sunday.

The 36-year-old Van Pelt bagged his career’s biggest pay cheque of US$1.3 million as he savoured his first title of the season with an accomplished seven-under-par 64 in the final round for a winning total of 23-under-par 261 at the Mines Resort and Golf Club.

Leading by one shot from Jeff Overton at the start of the day, Van Pelt used two birdies on the third and fourth holes to tighten his grip at the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia, an event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA Tour.

Then, a brilliant burst of three birdies over four holes from the 11th saw him pull six clear as he strolled home to victory in front of large galleries who included the King of Malaysia, Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin.


Overton stayed with Van Pelt, ranked 39th in the world, through the front nine but bogeys on 12 and 13 after a three-putt and a wayward tee shot forced him to settle for a distant second place with a closing 69.

Sweden’s Fredrik Jacobson finished third after a 68 while India’s Jeev Milkha Singh ended as the best Asian in tied 10th place on 271. Malaysia’s Danny Chia, who started the day five shots off the lead, finished equal 13th after closing with a 70.

“I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. I get to do what I love to do for a living,” said a delighted Van Pelt. “It was funny. I got here Tuesday morning, went to the hotel, got showered and then went to the range. My swing felt good right at the first warm up and I kind of continued that all week and had confidence with what I wanted to do with my golf swing.”

After missing on several opportunities to add to his maiden title in the US in 2009, Van Pelt was delighted he earned his rewards by sticking closely to his game plan all week. “I had a chance to win a couple of times this year but it didn’t come out on top. I wanted to do a better job when I was having the lead and I took a lot of satisfaction with the way I played today,” said Van Pelt.

“I’ve watched other guys coming down 18 with a big lead and I thought that would be fun some day if I could do that and it was.”

Overton, who featured in the Ryder Cup for the US team last year, tipped his cap to the new CIMB champion. “That was one of the best rounds of golf I’ve seen,” said Overton, who is still searching for his maiden title.


He conceded his slip-ups on 12 and 13 proved costly. “It was kind of weird. I had a long putt and he had a chip. It was probably my turn and he’s goes ‘well I’ll come up’ and I let him come up and I don’t know for some reason, I started thinking about three putting and I went on to three putt. I got into my own way a little,” said Overton.

“Then I put in a nervous, a bad swing on the next hole. But at the end of the day, the guy, he played one of the best rounds of golf anybody has all year.”

Singh was delighted with his top-10, especially when he is just coming back from a two-week break to rest a sore back. “I played really well the whole week. This is the best I’ve hit the ball in months. Only my putting let me down. If I putted better, I would have finished better. But it is a good week. I’ve shot under-par and improved every day. Hopefully I can move on from here to better results,” said the two-time Asian Tour number one.


This gives me confidence after coming off an injury. I’ll take that and look forward to the next few weeks,” added the Indian star.

Scores after round 4 of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia being played at the par 71, 6,917 Yards The Mines Resort GC course (a- denotes amateur):

261 - Bo VAN PELT (USA) 66-64-67-64.

267 - Jeff OVERTON (USA) 67-62-69-69.

268 - Fredrik JACOBSON (SWE) 65-64-71-68.

269 - Cameron TRINGALE (USA) 66-68-71-64, Camilo VILLEGAS (COL) 69-66-68-66, Mark WILSON (USA) 67-66-67-69.

270 - John SENDEN (AUS) 67-70-68-65, Vijay SINGH (FIJ) 72-64-66-68, Ryan PALMER (USA) 71-65-67-67.

271 - Jeev SINGH (IND) 69-69-67-66, Jerry KELLY (USA) 69-66-69-67, Jason DUFNER (USA) 70-67-65-69.

272 - Brandt SNEDEKER (USA) 71-68-67-66, Robert ALLENBY (AUS) 63-72-70-67, Stewart CINK (USA) 67-66-71-68, Jimmy WALKER (USA) 66-67-71-68, Chris KIRK (USA) 71-65-67-69, Danny CHIA (MAS) 71-65-66-70.

273 - Ricky BARNES (USA) 69-71-66-67.

274 - Kiradech APHIBARNRAT (THA) 70-67-72-65, Jonathan BYRD (USA) 69-68-69-68, Ben CRANE (USA) 69-68-68-69.

275 - Spencer LEVIN (USA) 70-67-72-66, Tommy GAINEY (USA) 68-70-70-67, Jhonattan VEGAS (VEN) 64-69-72-70.

276 - Kyle STANLEY (USA) 68-69-72-67, Thongchai JAIDEE (THA) 68-71-68-69.

277 - Jbe KRUGER (RSA) 70-70-72-65, Rory SABBATINI (RSA) 68-70-73-66, Chinnarat PHADUNGSIL (THA) 70-66-72-69.

278 - Stuart APPLEBY (AUS) 72-67-71-68, Brendon DE JONGE (ZIM) 68-72-70-68, Scott STALLINGS (USA) 67-72-70-69, Chez REAVIE (USA) 69-71-67-71.

279 - David GLEESON (AUS) 73-71-70-65, D.A. POINTS (USA) 71-68-71-69.

280 - Carl PETTERSSON (SWE) 68-67-78-67, Brian DAVIS (ENG) 71-71-71-67, Lucas GLOVER (USA) 71-70-71-68, Mohd SIDDIKUR (BAN) 68-73-68-71.

281 - Tetsuji HIRATSUKA (JPN) 70-72-72-67.

286 - Charley HOFFMAN (USA) 69-73-75-69, Brendan STEELE (USA) 74-73-70-69.

288 - CHAN Yih-shin (TPE) 72-70-74-72.

291 - Shaaban HUSSIN (MAS) 72-72-75-72, Angel CABRERA (ARG) 73-73-69-76.

293 - S.S.P. CHOWRASIA (IND) 75-71-74-73.


About CIMB Group

The title sponsor of the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic, Malaysia is CIMB Group. CIMB Group is one of ASEAN’s leading universal banking groups. Headquartered in Kuala Lumpur, the Group is now present in 8 out of 10 ASEAN nations. CIMB Group offers a full suite of financial services and related products; has a market capitalisation of approximately US$22 billion as at 30 June 2011 and over 39,000 employees located in 14 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at

About Asian Tour

As the official sanctioning body for professional golf in Asia, the Asian Tour leads the development of golf across the region, enhancing the careers of its members while maintaining a commitment to the integrity of the game. The Asian Tour, through its membership of the International Federation of PGA Tours, is the only recognised pan-Asian professional golf tour in Asia. This unique feature positions the Asian Tour at the pinnacle of professional golf in Asia; providing its events with Official World Ranking status. Tour Partners include Rolex (Official Timekeeper), J.Lindeberg (Official Apparel Partner), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts), Cityneon (Official Event Overlay Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Royal Selangor (Official Trophy Supplier), Singha Beer (Official Beer), BlackBerry (Official Mobile) and Srixon (Official Ball). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.


The PGA TOUR is the world’s premier membership organization for touring professional golfers, co-sanctioning more than 100 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, Champions Tour and Nationwide Tour. The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in communities in which it plays, and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.

In 2010, the three Tours collectively have tournaments in 34 states and in 12 countries outside of the U.S. PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to nearly 600 million households in 225 countries and territories and in 30 languages.

Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2009, tournaments on the three Tours generated $108 million for local charitable organizations. The TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions is approaching $1.5 billion.

The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the company is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.

About Professional Golf Association of Malaysia

The PGA of Malaysia is the governing body of professional golf in Malaysia with a membership of 280 touring and vocational pros.

About The Mines Resort & Golf Club

The Mines Resort & Golf Club is a proprietary Club beneficially owned and operated by the Mines Excellence Golf Resort Berhad.

Established in 1993 through the vision of its founder, Tan Sri Lee Kim Yew, and the expertise of legendary architect, Robert Trent Jones Jr., it was transformed from the world’s largest open cast tin mine into an international championship standard 18 Hole golf course in 1993. The green was left to mature for a year with maintenance of the highest standards.

The award-winning 246 acre, Par 71 course has hosted numerous international championships such as the World Cup Golf in 1999, the Women’s World Cup Golf in 2000 and soon, the upcoming CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia, Southeast Asia’s first PGA TOUR sanctioned event, from 28 - 31 October 2010.

With a by invitation only policy, its membership profile consists of Royalties, Cabinet Ministers, Captains of Industries and principally, the nation’s elite. The Mines Resort & Golf Club provides world-class facilities together with uncompromised personalised services thus possessing the singular distinction of being the most celebrated golf destination in Malaysia for the elite, the exclusive and the eminent.