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Bo Van Pelt takes 1-stroke lead at Perth

Oct. 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

PERTH, Australia, Oct. 20 (UPI) -- A late charge Saturday carried Bo Van Pelt to the top of the leaderboard after three rounds of the Perth International in Australia.

Van Pelt ended the day with a 5-under 67, putting him 12-under and one stroke ahead of fellow American Jason Dufner.

Van Pelt trailed most of the day but got hot on the back nine with four birdies, including a long downhill putt on 18 that boosted him into the lead.

"I felt like I hit a pretty good second shot, just carried about 5 yards farther," said Van Pelt. "I was just trying to get the ball down there and 2-putt and get out of there, and lo and behold, it goes in the hole."

Dufner turned in an up-and-down 67 that included two bogeys and an eagle on the first five holes.

Friday's leader, Emiliano Grillo, slipped into third place with a 73 that included bogeys on two of his final three holes. He trailed Van Pelt by two shots heading into Sunday's final round.

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