Kim Felton has joined the Perth International field hell-bent on success after losing his Australian PGA Tour card following a back injury which caused him to miss four months of golf last summer.
The 37-year-old will take on a field that includes US Ryder Cup star Jason Dufner and US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, of South Africa, at Lake Karrinyup starting on October 18.
Felton has had a win and a second during the winter pro-am circuit and played well at last week's South Pacific Open in New Caledonia.
He intended playing in next week's China Masters in Nanshan but withdrew after the invitation to play at home.
"I will be playing in the WA PGA Championship at the new Graham Marsh designed Kalgoorlie Golf Course instead as part of my preparation for the following week's event," Felton said.
"It will provide me with a much better chance of regaining my PGA Tour card and a good performance on the Australasian Tour."
Felton won the WA PGA title three times, in 2002, 2003 and 2004.
He will be backing up at the WA Open at Royal Perth from October 25, which he won three times between 2002 and 2006.
Marsh, one of WA's most successful golf exports, will return to Kalgoorlie, where he was born, when he attends the first ever major tournament in the Goldfields. Now one of the world's leading golf course architects, he will be able to see first hand how some of the country's best players cope with the challenge he created for Australia's first-ever desert course.
"I won the WA PGA back in 1969 and 1978, but it's been some time since I've been involved (with the event)," Marsh said."It's going to be a great experience, and I'm really looking forward to it."
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