Leader Bo Van Pelt is taking nothing for granted ahead of Sunday's Perth International finale

Last Updated: 21/10/12 6:38am

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Bo Van Pelt: Putting bonus at 18 gives American lead in Perth

Bo Van Pelt: Putting bonus at 18 gives American lead in Perth

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Bo Van Pelt expects a tough challenge on Sunday after moving through the field to take the lead at the ISPS HANDA Perth International.

The American started Saturday's round four behind Emiliano Grillo, but four birdies on the back-nine meant a five-under par 67 and the lead on his own at 12-under.

His round ended on a high with a 60-foot putt crashing into the hole at the 18th when even getting down in two putts would have been a reasonable achievement.

Grillo dropped back to third after a 73, leaving Van Pelt's compatriot Jason Dufner as his closest challenger on -11, but he expects both to provide tough competition on Sunday.

"Once in a while a hole just gets in the way," Van Pelt told the European Tour website. "I felt like I hit a pretty good second shot, just carried about five yards further. I was just trying to get the ball down there and two-putt and get out of there, and lo and behold, it goes in the hole.

"There's still a lot of golf to be played. It was just nice to finish with a birdie like that and hopefully take that into Sunday.

"Jason is a great player, Grillo is playing well and he's probably going to come out and probably shoot a low one. You've got to drive the ball straight and then put the ball in position on the greens, because they have a lot of slope and they are getting firm and fast."

Dufner added: "It was a nice day to get a good score and move up and have a realistic chance of not having to do anything crazy and being in contention to try to win the tournament.

"Sometimes in the middle of a round, something happens that spurs you to some better play, and I got a little bit of a tough break on seven on my tee ball. Thought it would be in the fairway but hung up in the rough, which put me a good way back and I ended up getting into a bunker 70 yards or so and hit it over the back and then chipped in. "

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