Western Australia -- big on sports

Western Australia’s Eventscorp has launched its 2012 events calendar, featuring a record 84 events including Australia's richest golf tournament.

With prize money totalling US$2 million the Perth International will be held from October 18 to 21 at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, and is expected to attract some of the world's best golfers.

The event is expected to generate more than 1,000 hours of television coverage around the world, which is great exposure for Western Australia.

The tournament will be sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour, which is at present experiencing unprecedented success -- boasting the top four ranked gold players in the world. The Perth International will be the only tournament in Australia to be sanctioned by the European Tour.

Meanwhile, tennis fans are in for a star studded treat at this summer's Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIV. Taking place from  December 31 to January 7 with one of the best fields ever assembled in the tournament's 24-year history. Caroline Wozniacki, who has held the number one ranking for the past year, is coming to Perth for the first time, along with three of the top seven ranked women players and two of the top 10 men.

The line-up also includes three Grand Slam event winners such as Petra Kvitova, Li Na and Lleyton Hewitt, as well as some of the rising stars of tennis. The tournament will be held at the Burswood Dome.

Rhett Lego