Johnnie Walker Classic

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Johnnie Walker Classic
Tournament information
Location Perth, Australia
Established 1990
Course(s) The Vines Resort and Country Club
Par 72
Length 7,104 yards
Tour(s) European Tour
Asian Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Format Stroke play
Prize fund £1,250,000
Month played February
Final year 2009
Tournament record score
Aggregate 259 Ernie Els (2003)
To par −29 (as above)
Final champion
New Zealand Danny Lee

The Johnnie Walker Classic was a European Tour golf tournament which is played in the Asia Pacific region. Johnnie Walker is a brand name and the owners have a long history of tournament sponsorship. They also sponsor the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles which is a European Tour event played in Scotland. Before the present tournament was introduced there was an entirely separate tournament of the same name in Australia, and the two actually overlapped by a year or two, but at the point the current event was called the Johnnie Walker Asian Classic.

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 by its sponsor 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 location of the tournament changes every year.

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 Ranking at some point in their career (Faldo, Els and Woods twice each; Woosnam, Norman and Couples once each).

Winners[edit]

Year Venue Winner Country Score
2009 The Vines Resort and Country Club,
Perth, Australia
Danny Lee (amateur)  New Zealand 271 (−17)
2008 DLF Golf and Country Club,
Gurgaon, India
Mark Brown  New Zealand 270 (−18)
2007 Blue Canyon Country Club,
Phuket, Thailand
Anton Haig  South Africa 275 (−13)PO
2006 The Vines Resort and Country Club,
Perth, Australia
Kevin Stadler  United States 268 (−20)
2005 Pine Valley Golf Resort and Country Club,
Beijing, China
Adam Scott  Australia 270 (−18)
2004 Alpine Golf and Sports Club,
Bangkok, Thailand
Miguel Ángel Jiménez  Spain 271 (−17)
2003 Lake Karrinyup Country Club,
Perth, Australia
Ernie Els  South Africa 259 (−29)
2002 Lake Karrinyup Country Club,
Perth, Australia
Retief Goosen  South Africa 274 (−14)
2001 No tournament due to rescheduling from November to January
2000
(2001)
Alpine Golf and Sports Club,
Bangkok, Thailand
Tiger Woods  United States 263 (−25)
1999
(2000)
Westin Resort Ta Shee,
Taipei, Taiwan
Michael Campbell  New Zealand 276 (−12)
1998 Blue Canyon Country Club,
Phuket, Thailand
Tiger Woods  United States 279 (−9)PO
1997 Hope Island Resort,
Queensland, Australia
Ernie Els  South Africa 278 (−10)
1996 Tanah Merah Country Club,
Tanah Merah, Singapore
Ian Woosnam  Wales 272 (−16)PO
1995 The Orchard Golf and Country Club,
Manila, Philippines
Fred Couples  United States 277 (−11)
1994 Blue Canyon Country Club,
Phuket, Thailand
Greg Norman  Australia 277 (−11)
1993 Singapore Island Country Club,
Singapore
Nick Faldo  England 269 (−11)
1992 Pinehurst Golf and Country Club,
Bangkok, Thailand
Ian Palmer  South Africa 268 (−20)
1991 No tournament
1990 Royal Hong Kong Golf Club,
Hong Kong
Nick Faldo  England 270 (−14)

The years in brackets represent the European Tour seasons. In 2000 and 2001, the Johnnie Walker Classic was held in November, and as such, it fell into the following years European season.

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