SHANGHAI, China, April 1 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Denmark's #1 player THOMAS
BJORN has confirmed he will play in the star-studded 2005 JOHNNIE WALKER
CLASSIC. Joining him will be Scotland's COLIN MONTGOMERIE; South African
TREVOR IMMELMAN and a past winner of the JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC, New Zealander
Presented by JOHNNIE WALKER, the world's leading deluxe Scotch whisky, the
JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC, Asia Pacific's premier golf tournament, is being
played in mainland China for the first time in its fourteen year history and
will be held on April 21-24 at the prestigious Pine Valley Golf Resort and
Country Club, Beijing.
THOMAS BJORN, the 34-year old Dane, is currently ranked 25th in the world
with seven European Tour victories to his credit. Bjorn nearly won the
biggest of them all, the Open Championship in 2003. With three holes to play
Bjorn was leading only to finish tied for second. Having turned pro in 1993,
he became the first Danish golfer to play in the Ryder Cup. Last year at the
JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC in Bangkok he narrowly missed out again finishing 2nd
behind Miguel Angel Jimenez.
COLIN MONTGOMERIE, the popular Scot won the European Order of Merit for a
record seven consecutive years. Monty, as he is affectionately known, has won
thirty-four events worldwide since turning pro in 1987 and has represented
Europe in seven Ryder Cup Matches including playing a pivotal role in Europe's
success last year. Montgomerie is now ranked 54th in the world.
TREVOR IMMELMAN, the 25-year old South African e became the first player
since the legendary Gary Player to win back-to-back South African Opens. Last
year, went on to win the Deutsche Bank SAP Open. Immelman is currently ranked
62nd in the world.
New Zealander, MICHAEL CAMPBELL has won thirteen times since turning Pro
in 1993. One of Campbell's most notable victories was in the 2000 JOHNNIE
WALKER CLASSIC in Taipei, where he beat a star-studded field including Vijay
Singh, Ernie Els and Tiger Woods.
These four truly international players join a field of players that is the
strongest ever assembled for a golf tournament in China: world #3 ERNIE ELS;
#5 RETIEF GOOSEN; #7 SERGIO GARCIA and #9 ADAM SCOTT. Plus Korea's #1 K J
CHOI; Young Guns LUKE DONALD and PAUL CASEY; six-time major winner NICK FALDO
and the 2004 JOHNNIE WALKER CLASIC champion, MIGUEL ANGEL JIMENEZ.
The JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC is jointly owned and presented by JOHNNIE
WALKER and IMG and is jointly sanctioned by the European, Asian and
Australasian Tours and the China Golf Association.
JOHNNIE WALKER is the world's leading deluxe Scotch whisky. IMG is the
world's premier sports and lifestyle management and marketing firm.
All four days action will be broadcast live on CCTV5 in China, and in
major markets around the world. More information is available on
Tickets will be available from March 28, 2005 from Emma Ticket by calling
+86-10-6775-6666 Press 2 or +86-10-8778-1377 or visit http://www.emma.cn for
To learn more about the 2005 JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC, please contact
Holly Hu - Shanghai
Tel: +86-21-6249-1640 ext. 171
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