Bo Van Pelt

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Bo Van Pelt
Personal information
Born (1975-05-16) May 16, 1975 (age 47)
Richmond, Indiana
Height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight200 lb (91 kg; 14 st)
Sporting nationality United States
ResidenceTulsa, Oklahoma
SpouseCarrie Van Pelt
ChildrenOlivia, Trace, Crew
CollegeOklahoma State University
Turned professional1998
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins6
Highest ranking20 (October 28, 2012)[1]
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
European Tour1
Asian Tour1
PGA Tour of Australasia1
Korn Ferry Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT8: 2011
PGA ChampionshipT17: 2005
U.S. OpenT14: 2011
The Open ChampionshipT30: 2004

Bo Van Pelt (born May 16, 1975) is an American professional golfer who has played on both the Nationwide Tour and the PGA Tour. He has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

Van Pelt was born in Richmond, Indiana. He graduated from Richmond High, where he was a two time All-State golfer[2] and the 1993 Fred Keesling Award winner[3] He attended Oklahoma State University where he became a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity. His father, Bob, was selected in the fifth round of the 1967 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles after a collegiate football career as a center at Indiana University.

Van Pelt initially started his career on the Nationwide Tour and won the Omaha Classic, his first and only Nationwide Tour title, in 2003 after shooting a final round of 62. He now plays on the PGA Tour and captured his maiden victory in 2009 at the U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee, beating John Mallinger in a sudden death playoff on the second extra hole.[4] He won the CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia in 2011, an Asian Tour event and an unofficial PGA Tour event. He carded a final round seven under 64 to romp to a six stroke victory and finish at 23 under par. On April 8, 2012, he scored a tournament low 64 in the 2012 Masters Tournament, propelling him up the leaderboard to a final tie for 17th place.

Van Pelt claimed his first victory on the European Tour in October 2012, when he won in Australia at the ISPS Handa Perth International. He won by two strokes over fellow American Jason Dufner, having taken a one stroke advantage into the final round.

On June 13, 2021, Van Pelt finished T-2nd one stroke behind Garrick Higgo in the inaugural Palmetto Championship. The finish marked his biggest payday on Tour as well as the best finish in nearly nine years for Van Pelt, who spent the 2016-2019 PGA Tour seasons idle due to shoulder injuries.[5]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 1991 Indiana (Boys) State Junior
  • 1993 Indiana (Boys) State Junior
  • 1995 Northern Amateur, Missouri Bluffs Intercollegiate
  • 1997 John Burns Intercollegiate, NCAA Central Regional Championship

Professional wins (6)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jul 19, 2009 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee −13 (67-68-68-64=267) Playoff United States John Mallinger

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2009 U.S. Bank Championship in Milwaukee United States John Mallinger Won with birdie on second extra hole

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Oct 21, 2012 ISPS Handa Perth International1 −16 (70-67-67-68=272) 2 strokes United States Jason Dufner

1Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia

Asian Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Oct 30, 2011 CIMB Asia Pacific Classic Malaysia1 −23 (66-64-67-64=261) 6 strokes United States Jeff Overton

1Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour, but unofficial money event.

Nationwide Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Aug 10, 2003 Omaha Classic −26 (64-67-69-62=262) 2 strokes South Africa Craig Lile

Nationwide Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2001 Gila River Classic United States Jason Caron, United States Ben Crane Crane won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Caron eliminated by par on second hole

Other wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 Jun 25, 2013 CVS Caremark Charity Classic
(with United States Steve Stricker)
−25 (59-58=117) 4 strokes United States Billy Andrade and United States Bill Haas
2 Jun 24, 2014 CVS Caremark Charity Classic (2)
(with United States Steve Stricker)
−20 (62-60=122) 1 stroke United States Peter Jacobsen and United States Jimmy Walker

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open T31 T40 CUT
The Open Championship T30 T52 CUT
PGA Championship T31 T17 CUT CUT
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
Masters Tournament T8 T17 T20
U.S. Open T40 T14 T59 T21 T63 CUT
The Open Championship T44 T57 CUT T44
PGA Championship T28 CUT T18 WD
  Top 10
  Did not play

WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 3 4 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 2 9 7
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 5
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 4
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 7 28 19
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (2010 U.S. Open – 2011 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Results in The Players Championship[edit]

Tournament 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015
The Players Championship CUT T8 CUT CUT CUT T4 CUT T7 T62 T26 T30
  Top 10

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013
Match Play R32 R64 R32
Championship T35 T8 T39
Invitational T3 T23 T8 T21
Champions T11 T21
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied

U.S. national team appearances[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Week 43 2012 Ending 28 Oct 2012" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
  2. ^ "1999 Indiana Boys All State Golf Team" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Fred A. Keesling Mental Attitude Award".
  4. ^ "Bo Van Pelt wins PGA Milwaukee title playoff". Toronto Star. July 19, 2009.
  5. ^ "The Indianapolis Star".

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