Major champion Charl Schwartzel has found form heading into this week's ISPS Handa Perth International where he will headline the European Tour contingent in Australia's richest tournament.
The 2011 US Masters winner will be joined at Lake Karrinyup Country Club by American pair Jason Dufner and Bo Van Pelt, who have won four US PGA Tour titles between them.
The South African has arrived in Perth after defeating world No.1 Rory McIlroy and US Ryder Cup duo Tiger Woods and Matt Kuchar during the group stages of last week's Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, before being beaten by Lee Westwood in the semifinals.
The 28-year-old will be vying for his eighth European Tour title at Lake Karrinyup, where compatriots Ernie Els, Retief Goosen and Gary Player have triumphed in the past.
Schwartzel, who will not hit the course until today after touching down from Turkey late on Sunday night, said he was looking forward to backing up on last week.
"My game feels like it's very close to getting back to a high level again after a bit of a strange year. I've been playing pretty well but the results just haven't really come," he said.
"I managed to beat Rory and Tiger, and any time you manage to take down the best two players in the world, then you are going to take a lot of confidence from that.
"Hopefully I can carry that form into this week and get an even bet- ter result."
Dufner, the highest-ranked player in the field at No.10 in the world, came close to winning his first major last year, losing in a play-off to Ryder Cup teammate Keegan Bradley at the US PGA Championship.
He has enjoyed a stellar season in 2012, winning the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the HP Byron Nelson Championship, before claiming three points out of a possible four on debut in the Ryder Cup at Medinah in Illinois.
The $2 million WA event marks his first appearance in a regular European Tour event since finishing in a tie for third behind Woods at the 2009 Australian Masters in Melbourne.
Dufner, who arrived in Perth on Saturday, had his first look at the course yesterday and was impressed with what he saw.
"The course looks really nice - I played the front nine this morning and it is very similar to what I saw when I've played in Australia in the past," he said.
"There is a lot of fairway height around the greens with a bit of run-off and tricky greens. You will have to be pretty precise with your distances or else you are going to have difficult pitches and chips around the greens to save par.
"Any time you play in the wind it is going to make it even faster and more bouncy on the greens.""I managed to beat Rory and Tiger … you are going to take a lot of confidence from that." " *Charl Schwartzel *
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