Wednesday, December 07, 2011


The European Tour is going to stage a tournament in Perth next October.
But it's going to be Perth, Western Australia, NOT Perth, Scotland!
The Perth International Championship will have the biggest prize fund on the golfing calendar Down Under - some 2 million US dollars worth.
It will be underwritten by the Western Australian Government under a three-year deal and will be co-sanction by the European and Australasian Tours.
The venue will be Lake Karrinyup Country Club from October 18 to 21.
In recent years the city of Perth in Australia's largest state, Western Australia, has hosted such big golf events as the Heineken Classic, the Johnnie Walker Classic and the Lexus Cup.
Owned and promoted by international sports management company, IMG, the Perth International should draw a strong field of overseas stars to battle the Australians through its connection with the European tour.
PGA Tour of Australasia chief executive Brian Thorburn welcomed the event as another boost for Australian golf after a big season highlighted by the Presidents Cup.
"The PGA Tour of Australasia is delighted to add the Perth International Golf Championship to its 2012 schedule and look forward to welcoming the European Tour and its players back to Australia," said Thorburn.
"Perth has a proud history of staging world class golf tournaments and, following on from one of Australia's most successful golf seasons ever, we look forward to working with all parties to grow this prestigious tournament."
European Tour chief operating officer Keith Waters welcomed his tour's return to Western Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.
"Returning to Australia, and the city of Perth in particular, will further enhance the global nature of the European Tour," said Waters.

Editor: But wouldn't it have been nice to have a European Tour event staged in Perth, Scotland?



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