The ball moved all of six inches.
Van Pelt shot a 3-under 67 on Saturday, enough to catch Mark Wilson for the lead at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. Wilson shot a 1-under, leaving both at 11-under 199 through three rounds of the PGA Tours annual stop south of the border.
Briny Baird shot 67 to get within a stroke, putting him in Sundays final group with Wilson and Van Pelt at the 6,923-yard, par-70 El Camaleon course designed by Greg Norman.
J.J. Henry shot a 69 and was another stroke behind.
Kevin Na, who opened the day tied with Wilson atop the leaderboard, shot a 73 and was among those tied for fifth at 202, along with Jarrod Lyle and Chris Riley.
Gary Woodland had the lowest round of the day, a 7-under 63 that put him at 6 under for the tournament, tied for 12th.
Van Pelts nice save for bogey on No. 9 followed a birdie that he was hoping would jump-start a round that had been filled with pars. He got on a little roll on the back nine, with three birdies in four holes. He caught Wilson with a birdie on 15, then needed another on 16 to keep pace after Wilson chipped in from the fringe. Van Pelt also made a tough par save on No. 17 after his approach rolled way down the side of the green.
On the 18th hole, Van Pelt ' who is a head taller than Wilson, and probably a bag full of clubs heavier ' boomed his drive 30 yards past Wilsons and right down the middle. After knocking his approach about 25 feet past the pin, he was so sure his birdie putt was going to fall that he started breaking into a big fist pump. When the ball scooted a few inches past the cup all he could do was laugh at his premature celebration.
Wilsons round had a lot less drama.
He had two bogeys, then followed with birdies on the very next hole both times. His only other notable hole was the chip-in on No. 16.