Perth to host European Tour stop in 2012

Last Updated: Dec 07, 2011, 13:14 PM IST

Melbourne: The European Tour will return to Australia in 2012 after a three-year break, with the inaugural USD 2 million Perth International Championship to be staged in the Western Australian capital in October, organisers said on Wednesday.

The state government will sponsor the October 18-21 event at Karrinyup Country Club, which is co-sanctioned by the Australasia PGA Tour and will boast the country`s largest golf purse.

"We have a three-year agreement for this tournament with options to continue, and our goal is to develop the Perth International into a feature event in the Asia Pacific region that is anchored in Perth," Kim Hames, tourism minister for Western Australia state, said in a media release.

Australia last hosted a European Tour stop at the co-sanctioned 2009 Australian Masters in Melbourne.

Bureau Report