Melbourne: The European Tour will return to Australia in 2012 after a three-year break, with the inaugural $2 million Perth International Championship to be staged in the Western Australian capital in October, organisers said on Wednesday.
 
The state government will sponsor the October 18-21 event at Karrinyup Country Club, which is co-sanctioned by the Australasia PGA Tour and will boast the country's largest golf purse.
 
"We have a three-year agreement for this tournament with options to continue, and our goal is to develop the Perth International into a feature event in the Asia Pacific region that is anchored in Perth," Kim Hames, tourism minister for Western Australia state, said in a media release.
 
Australia last hosted a European Tour stop at the co-sanctioned 2009 Australian Masters in Melbourne.

(Agencies)