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Stars line up to play at Lake Karrinyup
Jason Dufner. Pic: AP Photo

A truly international field representing 21 countries will join big names Jason Dufner, Paul Casey and Charl Schwartzel when the ISPS Handa Perth International tees off at Lake Karrinyup next week.

The $2 million event will be the first WA-owned golf tournament to be played in Perth since the Heineken Classic, hosted at The Vines between 1993 and 2001, was hijacked by Victoria.

Co-sanctioned by the European Tour, the Perth International will be headlined by US PGA Tour professionals Dufner and countryman Bo van Pelt, while South Africa's US Masters champion Schwartzel and England's Casey are winners on both sides of the Atlantic.

While Australia is well represented by the likes of Brett Rumford, Craig Parry and Richard Green, there is a strong contingent from England, South Africa, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Germany and Denmark, among others.

Two of the European Tour's biggest earners this season, German Marcel Siem and Thorbjorn Olensen of Denmark, have won almost $3 million between them to rank among the top 15 in the Race to Dubai standings.

One of the most exciting young English players is 24-year-old Daniel Willett, who recorded his debut win at the BMW International in Germany in June, beating Australian Marcus Fraser on the fourth play-off hole.

He has secured four other top-10 finishes at the European Masters (2nd), Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (5th), Malaysian Open (3rd) and Africa Open (7th).

Countryman Simon Khan is a dual European Tour winner which includes the flagship PGA championships at Wentworth in 2010.

One of the best-known players in the field is Edoardo Molinari. The Italian is a former member of the European Ryder Cup team whose younger brother Francesco was part of this year's remarkable defence at Medinah in Chicago.

IMG director of golf David Rollo said the Lake Karrinyup tournament would have a truly international feel to it.

"The one thing the European Tour does bring to this tournament is an overall depth in the strength of the field and any one of these players are capable of winning," he said.

"This is a great opportunity for the players to make their mark in the Race to Dubai standings with the top 60 going through to the $8 million World Tour Championship."

The West Australian

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