The McGladrey Classic isn’t the only golf tournament taking place this week with some big names in it. A European Tour event, the ISPS HANDA Perth International is taking place in Australia, as well. While many golfers taking part in this particular tournament are looking to secure their 2013 European tour cards, there are also some more prominent members of the PGA Tour taking part, as well.
After shooting a second round 67, Jason Dufner is currently tied for fourth and is five strokes off of the lead, while Bo Van Pelt is 7 under par and tied for second. The only 2 Americans in the field are certainly putting on a quality showing Down Under.
European Tour rookie Emiliano Grillo is leading the tournament at the end of the second round at 11 under par and is currently 4 strokes ahead of his closest competitors.
I can’t even imagine being a tour professional and having the ability to not only play the most amazing golf courses in the United States, but also getting the opportunity to travel the world while getting paid to play golf. I’m sure Van Pelt and Dufner are taking this seriously, especially considering there are in line for a quality payday if they finish near the top of the leaderboard, but there has to be something relaxing about playing in a non-PGA Tour event during what is essentially their offseason.
If they end up choking, it will have a slight impact on their world ranking and will take a little coin out of their pocket. Let’s not forget, however, that “appearance fees” are 100% permissible on the European Tour, so there’s a good chance they are getting paid just for showing up.
They can bring their families with them and let them relax by the hotel pool or on the beach while the pros go out and play a round of golf. Afterwards, why not turn it into an extended vacation? You’re already in Australia, might as well take advantage of it.