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Encyclopedia > Johnnie Walker Classic

The Johnnie Walker Classic is a PGA European Tour golf tournament which is played in the Asia Pacific region. The Johnnie Walker brand has a long history of sponsoring golf tournaments, and currently also sponsors the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles which is a European Tour event which is played in Scotland. In 1989 Johnnie Walker sponsored the Hong Kong Open, and it was decided to establish an additional tournament which it would sponsor on an ongoing basis. This tournament was called the Johnnie Walker Asian Classic, and was first staged in Hong Kong in 1990. Subsequently it became a touring event, essentially used as a marketing exercise in the Asia Pacific region. In 1992 it became the first event to be sanctioned by the European Tour in East Asia (the Dubai Desert Classic was the first in Asia as a whole). In 1993 the word Asian was dropped from the title. In 2005 the tournament was held in China for the first time, as part of the European Tour's push into China, which saw four events held in mainland China and one in Hong Kong in the 2005 season. The PGA European Tour is a top-level professional mens golf tour, headquartered in Virginia Water, Surrey, United Kingdom, that is the primary golf tour in Europe. ... Golfer teeing off at the start of a hole Golf is an outdoor game where individual players or teams play a small ball into a hole using various clubs. ... Map of the Pacific Rim and List of the Pacific Rim Nations The Pacific Rim is a political and economic term used to designate the countries on the edges of the Pacific Ocean, as well as the various island nations within the region. ... Radio DJ Johnnie Walker born in Birmingham on 30th March 1945, Johnnies broadcasting career began in 1965 on Pirate Radio Station, Radio Caroline. ... Scotland (Alba in Scottish Gaelic) is a country or nation and former independent kingdom of northwest Europe, and one of the four constituent parts of the United Kingdom. ... The Hong Kong Open was a professional snooker tournament. ... The Dubai Desert Classic is an annual golf tourament which is usually played in March. ...


In 2005 the event was tri-sanctioned by the Asian, European and Australasian tours and the field comprised 60 European Tour players, 60 Asian Tour players, 28 PGA Tour of Australasia players, and 8 sponsors invitees. The prize fund was £1,250,000. This amount is large by Asian and Australasian Tour standards, but not by European Tour or PGA Tour standards. However the tournament attracts a number of the World's leading players each year by paying them large appearance fees. Nine of the first fourteen editions were won by players who have topped the Official World Golf Rankings at some point in their career (Faldo, Els and Woods twice each; Woosnam, Norman and Couples once each). The Asian Golf Tour is the principal mens professional golf tour in Asia except for Japan, which has a separate tour. ... The PGA Tour of Australasia is a prominent golf tour for men. ... For details of notes and coins, see British coinage and British banknotes. ... The PGA Tour is an organization which is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, USA. It operates the USAs main professional golf tours. ... The Official World Golf Rankings are a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers. ...


The years in the table are European Tour seasons rather than calendar years. The season starts late in the previous calendar year, and the Johnnie Walker Classic has sometimes been held at this time of year, for example the "2000" event was held in November 1999. The 2005 tournament was held in April 2005.

Season Location Winner Nationality
2005 China Adam Scott Australia
2004 Thailand Miguel Angel Jiménez Spain
2003 Australia Ernie Els South Africa
2002 Australia Retief Goosen South Africa
2001 Thailand Tiger Woods United States
2000 Taiwan Michael Campbell New Zealand
1999 Pushed back to following season.
1998 Thailand Tiger Woods United States
1997 Australia Ernie Els South Africa
1996 Singapore Ian Woosnam Wales
1995 Phillipines Fred Couples United States
1994 Thailand Greg Norman Australia
1993 Singapore Nick Faldo England
1992 Thailand Ian Palmer South Africa
1991 No tournament.
1990 Hong Kong Nick Faldo England

Adam Scott (born June 16, 1980 in Adelaide, Australia), is a professional golfer and one of a crop of young Australians plying their trade on the major golf tours. ... Miguel Angel Jiménez (b 5 Jan 1964) is a Spanish golfer. ... Theodore Ernest (Ernie) Els (born October 17, 1969) is a South African golfer. ... Retief Goosen (born February 3, 1969 in Pietersburg (now Polokwane), South Africa) is a professional golfer. ... Tiger Woods giving a driving demonstration aboard the USS George Washington Eldrick Tiger Woods (born December 30, 1975, Cypress, California), is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. ... Tiger Woods giving a driving demonstration aboard the USS George Washington Eldrick Tiger Woods (born December 30, 1975, Cypress, California), is considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. ... Theodore Ernest (Ernie) Els (born October 17, 1969) is a South African golfer. ... Ian Woosnam (March 2, 1958, Oswestry, England) is a British golf player representing Wales. ... National motto: Cymru am byth (Welsh: Wales for ever) Waless location within the UK Official languages English and Welsh Capital Cardiff Largest city Cardiff First Minister Rhodri Morgan Area  - Total Ranked 3rd UK 20,779 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 3rd UK 2,903,085 140/km² NUTS... The Republic of the Philippines is an island nation consisting of an archipelago of 7,107 islands, lying in the tropical western Pacific Ocean about 100 kilometers southeast of mainland Asia. ... Fred Couples (born October 3, 1959 in Seattle, Washington) is a professional golfer on the PGA TOUR. Because of his long drives, he has been given the nickname Boom Boom. ... Greg Norman (born February 10, 1955 in Queensland, Australia), is an Australian professional golfer who spent 331 weeks as the worlds number one ranked golfer in the 1980s and 1990s. ... Nicholas Alexander Faldo (born:July 18, 1957) is one of the best golfers England or Europe has ever produced. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion... Nicholas Alexander Faldo (born:July 18, 1957) is one of the best golfers England or Europe has ever produced. ... Royal motto: Dieu et mon droit (French: God and my right) Englands location within the UK Official language English de facto Capital London de facto Largest city London Area  - Total Ranked 1st UK 130,395 km² Population  - Total (2001)  - Density Ranked 1st UK 49,138,831 377/km² Religion...

External links

  • Official site (http://www.johnniewalkerclassic.com/introduction.htm)
  • Coverage on the European Tour's official site (http://www.europeantour.com/tournaments/latest.sps?iTourNo=2005018) - use the schedule browser on the left to access other years.

 
 

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