Van Pelt and Rumsford back for 2013 Perth International

Van pelt beat fellow American Jason Dufner in a final round showdown at the inaugraul Perth International in 2012
Van pelt beat fellow American Jason Dufner in a final round showdown at the inaugraul Perth International in 2012

AMERICA’S Bo Van Pelt will be back to defend his title when the second Perth International gets underway this year at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club in October.

Organisers have also announced back-to-back European Tour winner and Perth local Brett Rumford will also be contesting the event.

Rumford, with his recent wins in South Korea and China, became the first Australian golfer to win consecutive titles on the European Tour since Jack Newton in 1972.

The 35-year-old currently tops the tour’s season long Race to Dubai, which spans 45 tournaments in 24 countries across five continents.

Rumford, who now has five European Tour titles to his credit and has jumped to a career high 76 in the Official World Golf Rankings, said he was looking forward to competing at home.

“It’s always exciting to play an international tournament at home. I had a great time at last year’s Perth International, but this year I will be aiming my sights higher to hopefully round out a career-best year in front of a home crowd,” he said.

Van Pelt won an all-American battle at the 2012 Perth International over Jason Dufner.  He recently secured his first top ten finish for 2013 at the Wells Fargo Championship on the back of 12 top-ten finishes in 2012.

“I really enjoyed my first visit to Western Australia last October and I am excited to have the opportunity to defend.  Lake Karrinyup Country Club was a wonderful venue and it is terrific the Perth International will be played there again,” Van Pelt said this week.

The 2013 Perth International, co-sanctioned by the European Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia, will be contested at Lake Karrinyup Country Club from 17 to 20 October.  With a prize purse of US$2,000,000 it will again be the richest Tour event in Australia.

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