By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
Jason Dufner, playing for the first time since going 3-1 in the Ryder Cup, and former Masters champ Charl Schwartzel got in some sightseeing earlier this week prior to playing in the ISPS Handa Perth International.
The two PGA TOUR veterans were part of a photo op in Kings Park, which spans just under 1,000 acres and overlooks the central business district of Perth. Neither Dufner nor Schwartzel, a licensed pilot who also viewed the countryside by helicopter, had ever been to the capital city of Western Australia.
Dufner said he's excited to play again after the disappointing U.S. loss at the Ryder Cup.
“Personally, if you have a bad event, or if you fall on your face on the last nine holes, you know that you have another event around the corner to kind of redeem yourself," Dufner told europeantour.com. "But in that event, you have to wait two more years to have a chance to get back and win the thing.
“So there's a lot of different dynamics with The Ryder Cup and failing how we did as a team and losing the event. So it's been a tough couple weeks but I'm looking forward to playing golf again and getting over it and moving past it a little bit.”
Schwartzel comes to Australia after reaching the semifinals of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final. The South African beat Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods before losing to Westwood.
“With weeks like last week you can maybe sometimes spark something, and all of a sudden feel like you actually are building some confidence," Schwartzel said. "Something going your way can change things around very quickly.”
The ISPS Handa Perth International will be played at Lake Karrinyup Country Club and is co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia.