JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC Attracts World Class Golfers to Beijing

Apr 12, 2005, 01:00 ET from JOHNNIE WALKER

    SHANGHAI, China, April 12 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- The JOHNNIE WALKER
 CLASSIC, which is presented by JOHNNIE WALKER, the world's leading deluxe
 Scotch whisky, is attracting some of the best golfers in the world to Beijing
 next week.  Playing in Asia Pacific's premier golf tournament, taking place in
 the People's Republic of China for the very first time, will be: World #3
 ERNIE ELS and RETIEF GOOSEN, the world #5, both from South Africa; Spain's
 SERGIO GARCIA, the world #8; ADAM SCOTT from Australia, the world #10;
 Englishman LUKE DONALD, world #16 and the defending champion and world #18
      Ernie Els:
      Thomas Bjorn:
      Win Diamond and Sapphire Necklace valued at RMB 1m:
     Joining them in the star studded 156 player starting field will be the
 Chinese #1, ZHANG LIAN WEI; the Korean #1, K J CHOI' the Danish #1, THOMAS
 BJORN; Scottish #1, Ryder Cup hero and seven time winner of the European Tour
 Order of Merit, COLIN MONTGOMERIE; the Thai #1 THONGCHAI JAIDEE; Indian #1,
 JYOTI RANDHAWA; Singapore's #1, MARDAN MAMAT; Philippine's legendary FRANKIE
 MINOZA; Six time 'Major' winner and two time JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC winner,
 NICK FALDO from England; Past winner MICHAEL CAMPBELL, from New Zealand;
 England's rising star PAUL CASEY, ranked 35 in the world and past US Masters
 Champion, and the previous world #1, IAN WOOSNAM, the 1996 Johnnie Walker
 Classic champion who recently was confirmed as captain of the 2006 European
 Ryder Cup Team.
     In all, there will be players from 25 countries playing in the JOHNNIE
 WALKER CLASSIC, April 21-24, at the prestigious Pine Valley Golf Resort &
 Country Club.
     Commenting on the outstanding quality of the players assembling in Beijing
 next week, Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director, Ben Anderson said: "Next week
 is going to be a highlight of the social and sporting calendar for Beijing as
 the strongest field of golfers ever to travel to China assemble to battle it
 out at our great tournament.  We warmly welcome all of the players and look
 forward to some inspiring performances."
     The JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC is jointly owned and proudly presented by
 JOHNNIE WALKER and IMG and is jointly sanctioned by the European, Asian and
 Australasian Tours and by the China Golf Association.
     All four days action from Pine Valley will be broadcast live on CCTV5 in
 China, and in major markets around the world including the USA, UK and Europe,
 Japan, Australia and South Africa.  More information is available on .
     Four-day tickets are available from Emma Ticket at the golf course,
 through their outlets in Beijing or by calling 6775-6666, press 2 or 8778-
 1377.  Visit for more information.
     To learn more about the 2005 JOHNNIE WALKER CLASSIC, please contact
 Burson-Marsteller at:
     Holly Hu - Shanghai
     Tel:     +86-21-5403-2121 ext. 171
     Fax:     +86-21-5403-8589
     Mobile:  +86-13761683747