Perth, Dec 21 (IANS) South Africa’s star golfer Louis Oosthuizen on Monday confirmed his participation in the Perth International which will be held at Lake Karrinyup Country Club from February 25-28, 2016. The 2010 British Open Champion and World No.17’s appearance in Perth will mark his first ever professional appearance on Australian shores., according to a release from Asian Tour. “I am really excited about the opportunity to play in Perth. I have played tournaments all over the world, but this will be the first Tour event I have ever played in Australia. Gary Player, Retief Goosen and Ernie Els have all won tournaments at Lake Karrinyup Country Club and hopefully I can continue their success in February,” said Oosthuizen.
In 2015, Oosthuizen finished runner-up in consecutive Major championships at the US Open and The Open Championship where he lost out in a three-way playoff at St Andrews- the scene of his famous victory in 2010. He performed brilliantly for the International Team in his second Presidents Cup in October going undefeated through the week winning 4.5 points.
Western Australia Tourism Minister Dr. Kim Hames welcomed the announcement and said it was a coup for Perth to have Oosthuizen play his first tournament on Australian soil in Perth. The 2016 Perth International will mark the fourth staging of the event which is proudly supported by the Western Australian Government through Tourism Western Australia. This year, the event will see the Asian Tour join the European Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia in the only tri-sanctioned event in Australia.