Dufner, Schwartzel confirmed for Perth
Jason Dufner, currently ranked number nine in the world, and Charl Schwartzel, the 2011 Masters Champion, are the first international stars to be announced for the Perth International to be played from 18 to 21 October at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Western Australia.
Dufner, from the United States, was described by Sports Illustrated Magazine in June as “the hottest golfer on the planet”.
The 35-year-old 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.
Dufner sits third on the PGA TOUR money list and will make his debut in the Ryder Cup next month.
Schwartzel from South Africa has already won seven times on the European Tour highlighted by his stunning victory at the 2011 Masters Tournament where he became the first player in history to birdie the final four holes to win the coveted Green Jacket.
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.
This marks Charl’s first appearance in Perth.
“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.
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 the winner of the event will receive an exemption to the World Golf Championships – HSBC Champions.