Van Pelt aims for a Bo-nanza

Tue 22 Oct 2013

Van Pelt aims for a Bo-nanza

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Kuala Lumpur, October 22: Bo Van Pelt will be aiming for a CIMB Classic double but he is wary of the elite field comprising of Major champions and talented Asian Tour winners who will feature at the event which starts on Thursday.
Van Pelt, winner of the 2011 CIMB Classic, will contend for the US$7 million prize purse against World Number three Phil Mickelson, Major champions Bubba Watson and Keegan Bradley at the challenging Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.
Asian Tour honorary member K.J. Choi, current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, an in-form Scott Hend of Australia and the popular Siddikur of Bangladesh will also feature in the event sanctioned by the Asian Tour and PGA TOUR.
“I think you look at the strength of the field this week, a lot of guys came over. Guys have heard this is a great event the last couple of years, and I think that's why you see the strength of the field,” said Van Pelt, ranked 44th on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR).
He is not worried about the tropical Malaysian heat where humidity can soar up to 30 degrees and higher throughout the week.
“I live in Oklahoma, so it gets pretty hot in the summer there, so it wasn't that big a stretch for me to deal with humidity and this amount of sunshine.  So, you know, you just drink lots of water and take your time and listen to your body.  Everybody will get through it,” he said.
Bo reckons that accurate drives will be the key to success this week. “It looks like you need to drive the ball well.  The golf course looks tight off the tee. If you go offline, you can definitely get penalized.
“It looks like there’s a lot of uphill and downhill. There is a lot of change in elevation.  So it's going to be critical to try to control your distances and get the distance right, which will be a challenge for everybody this week,” added the 38-year-old Bo.
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About CIMB Group
The title sponsor of the CIMB Classic 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$18.4 billion as at 31 Jul 2013 and over 42,000 employees located in 17 countries. Read more about CIMB Group at www.cimb.com.
About PGA TOUR
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, Web.com Tour and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.
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.
PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to approximately 945 million households in 225 countries and territories in 32 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2012, tournaments on the three Tours generated more than $130 million for local charitable organizations, bringing the TOUR’s all-time total of charitable contributions to more than $1.86 billion.
The PGA TOUR's web site is PGATOUR.com, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL.
About the Asian Tour
In 2013, the Asian Tour will celebrate a momentous milestone with its 10th season. 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 Abacus (Official Apparel Partner), Inetol Headwear (Official Headwear Supplier), Saxo Capital Markets (Official Statistics Partner), Singha Beer (Official Beer), Srixon (Official Ball), Subway (Official Quick Service Restaurant), Starwood Hotels and Resorts (Official Hotels and Resorts) and Rolex (Official Timekeeper). The Asian Tour has offices in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Also, visit us at www.asiantour.com, www.facebook.com/asiantourgolf, www.twitter.com/asiantourgolf, www.youtube.com/theasiantour and www.weibo.com/asiantourgolf.