Bo Van Pelt won the inaugural Perth International last year. Picture: AAP/foxsports.com.au
A host of top golfers from right across the globe will descend on the Lake Karrinyup Country Club for the Perth International starting on Thursday, including defending champion Bo Van Pelt , who finished two strokes ahead of compatriot Jason Dufner here 12 months ago. Although Dufner won’t tee off in Western Australia this time around, there is still plenty of international interest in the event. Seven time PGA Tour winner Dustin Johnson is the man to beat following a consistent season in the US, which saw him claim the Tournament of Champions at the start of the year and finish in the top ten on five other occasions.
European Tour stars Paul Casey and Ross Fisher will be chasing a share of the US$2 Million purse on offer in Australia’s richest tournament, while Branden Grace and Soren Kjeldsen add further depth to the event, which is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia. West Australian locals Brett Rumford and Nick O’Hern are expected to play well at home, while Matthew Goggin , Marcus Fraser and Peter Lonard will be doing their best to ensure the trophy is won by an Australian for the first time.
New Zealand’s Josh Geary will tee off at Karrinyup full of confidence after claiming the WA Open at Mount Lawley Golf Club last week, while veterans Kim Felton and Peter O’Malley also found form with top ten finishes in that event.
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