Date: October 17, 2012
Author: Greig Johnston, Omnisport

Van Pelt ready to fire

American Bo Van Pelt is confident his limited preparation for the ISPS Handa Perth International will not hinder his chances of playing well at the tournament. After only just making his connecting flight from Brisbane to Western Australia, the 37-year-old&aposs clubs were left behind, leaving him without a practice round at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club on Tuesday. But the world number 24 is confident his experience of dealing with similar travel mishaps and three small children will allow him to be pushing for the front at the European Tour and PGA of Australia co-sanctioned event. “I had a tight connection in Brisbane to Perth, and it&aposs a little bit of a trek from the domestic to the international terminal,” Van Pelt said on Wednesday. “I barely made it, so I knew there was probably a pretty good chance my clubs weren&apost going to arrive. “I was just thankful there was another flight a few hours later and they got my clubs to me no problem last night at the hotel. “I didn&apost practice at all yesterday. I just kind of hung out, got a workout in yesterday at the hotel and had some lunch and just kind of relaxed before the get-together last night. “Last year was a pretty neat experience for me when I went to Malaysia, pretty similar, I flew basically all night for 12 hours, got there Tuesday morning and it was nine in the morning so really I was on their schedule. “I feel like the same thing happened to me yesterday. From LA to Brisbane was 13-and-a-half hours and I think I slept probably at least 12 of those. “You know, with three kids, I haven&apost slept 12 hours in a long time. So I felt pretty good all day yesterday and had a good rest last night.” Van Pelt has had a consistent season in 2012, and said he had been disappointed to miss out on selection for the US Ryder Cup team. “I felt like I had a pretty good opportunity the last few years to make the team but unfortunately came up a little bit short and was not selected,” he said. “And so it&aposs obviously motivation to work hard and try to make that team in another two years. “I felt like I might have had an outside chance from how consistently I played this year. But I also know that it&aposs very hard to get selected your first time. “I knew it was probably a long shot, but I felt like I gave myself a chance this summer and just a couple final rounds or a couple holes here or there that were the difference.”