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Bo Van Pelt wins Asia Pacific Classic

Bo Van Pelt ran away with the Asia Pacific Classic at The Mines Golf Club in Selnagor, Malaysia on Sunday.

 The American dominated the back nine with five birdies for a 7-under 64 and a huge six-stroke victory ahead of compatriot and fellow-Indianan Jeff Overton.

''I've watched other guys coming down 18 with a big lead and I thought, `That would be fun someday if I could do that.' And it was,'' Van Pelt said, ''I feel like the luckiest guy in the world. I get to do what I love to do for a living.''

The third professional win in his career, Van Pelt last won at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee in 2009.

 Here, a long way from home, he earned a cool $1.3 million with the win at the second-year event sanctioned by the PGA and Asian tours.

''I've had a couple of chances to win this year but didn't come out on top,'' Van Pelt said. ''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.''

Fredrik Jacobson had a 68 to finish third at 16 under, and Cameron Tringale (64), Camilo Villegas (66) and Mark Wilson (69) were 15 under.

But they, like Overton, were unable to catch Van Pelt who was just in the zone all tournament.

"I played well all day," Van Pelt said. "I didn't make any bogeys. I just tried to play to game plan all week."

"My swing felt good right at the first warmup and I kind of continued that all week and had confidence with what I wanted to do with my golf swing."


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