AUSTRALIA’S golfing summer is starting to take shape with the ever smiling Jason Dufner and 2011 Masters Champion Charl Schwartzel announced as the first international stars signed for the Perth International this October.
The event will be held at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club in Perth from 18 to 21 October 2012.
Dufner was runner-up at the 2011 US PGA Championship and has enjoyed a stellar 2012 season with seven top 10 finishes highlighted by wins at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and HP Byron Nelson Championship. He sits third on the PGA TOUR money list and will make his debut in the Ryder Cup next month.
“I have a real affinity for Australia and have heard a lot of great things about Perth and Western Australia. I am really looking forward to experiencing another part of Australia and hopefully I can continue my good play down under. I am excited to have the opportunity to play in Western Australia for the first time and hope the community will really support this new event,” said the 35 year old.
It would be good to follow him around the course just to see if the famous unchanging dour expression ever does crack a smile.
Schwartzel sits in Australian hearts as the man whose four birdie finish denied Adam Shot and Jason Day at the 2011 US Masters.
Still, he proved pretty popular at Royal Melbourne last year during the Presidents Cup and his Perth visit will attract golf fans.
The 27-year-old will look to emulate the feats of his fellow countrymen Gary Player, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen who are all past champions at Lake Karrinyup.
“It has been a while since I was down in Australia for a Tour event but I have always enjoyed the people and the culture there and the great sporting rivalry between our countries in cricket and rugby. I am looking forward to visiting Perth and hopefully I can continue the South African success at Lake Karrinyup,” commented Charl about his first visit to Perth.
The Perth International is co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour and with prize money of US$2,000,000 it is the richest tournament in Australia. It is also the only event in Australia co-sanctioned with the European Tour and will be broadcasted globally via the European Tour Television platform.