- WA's international golf tournament brought forward to last weekend in February
- Perth International to attract some of the world's best golfers
- Supported by the State Government through Tourism WA
Australia's richest golf tournament, the Perth International, returns to Lake Karrinyup Country Club in February 2016.
Tourism Minister Kim Hames said the men's event had moved from October to the last weekend in February to help attract the best possible player field.
"For the past three years the Perth International has been held in October, but hosting it earlier in the year means the tournament will now be staged on the back of events in the Middle East and South East Asia, and that will help attract a stronger player field," Dr Hames said.
"It's also a great time of year to showcase Western Australia, our fantastic weather and golfing amenities."
The Minister said the Perth International would be the only golf tournament in Australia to receive tri-sanctioning from the PGA Tour of Australasia, European Tour and Asian Tour. Tri-sanctioning is endorsement for players registered in their individual championships to enter the Perth International and score championship points.
"The added endorsement will further increase the depth of the field and attract players from all three tours," he said.
"The tournament has seen some of the world's best golfers compete in WA including
Dustin Johnson, Victor Dubuisson and golf Major winners Charl Schwartzel, Jason Dufner and Geoff Ogilvy, and we look forward to attracting another exciting line-up of golfing celebrities next year."
The Perth International is proudly supported by the State Government through Tourism Western Australia. Dr Hames said hosting international sporting events of this calibre was part of the Government's strategy to grow the value of tourism from the current $8.7 billion to $12 billion by 2020.
"The Perth International provides significant exposure for the State by generating tens of millions of dollars in media coverage across Australia and in key international markets such as China, Indonesia, Germany, the UK and the US," he said.
"In addition it attracts tens of thousands of spectators, which helps to promote Perth as a vibrant and diverse global city."
- The Perth International, owned and promoted by IMG, will be held February 25-28, 2016
- As Australia's richest tournament, players will compete for prize money of $1.75 million
Minister's office - 6552 5300