Johnnie Walker Australian Classic

The Johnnie Walker Australian Classic was a golf tournament held in Australia from 1988 to 1992.[1] It was first played as the Bicentennial Classic to celebrate the Australian Bicentenary. It was held at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Melbourne, except in 1991 when it was played at The Vines, Western Australia. Prize money was A$1,500,000 in 1988, A$1,000,000 from 1989 to 1991, and A$700,000 in 1992

Johnnie Walker Australian Classic
Tournament information
Tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia
FormatStroke play
Final year1992
Tournament record score
Aggregate271 Rodger Davis (1988)
271 Fred Couples (1988)
To par−17 as above
Final champion
Robert Allenby

From 1990 to 1992, the event was called the Johnnie Walker Classic. A separate tournament, the Johnnie Walker Asian Classic took on the Johnnie Walker Classic title from 1993.


YearWinnerCountryVenueScoreTo parMargin
of victory
share (A$)
Johnnie Walker Classic
1992Robert Allenby AustraliaRoyal Melbourne275−135 strokes Peter Senior126,000[2]
1991Peter Senior AustraliaThe Vines282−101 stroke Rodger Davis
Frank Nobilo
1990Greg Turner New ZealandRoyal Melbourne276−84 strokes Rodger Davis180,000[4]
Johnnie Walker Australian Classic
1989Peter Senior AustraliaRoyal Melbourne276−125 strokes Greg Norman180,000[5]
Bicentennial Classic
1988Rodger Davis AustraliaRoyal Melbourne271−17Playoff Fred Couples500,000[6]

In 1988, Davis beat Couples at the second playoff hole.


  1. 2006 Media Guide. PGA Tour of Australasia. p. 167.
  2. "Rookie stuns stars with five-shot win". The Canberra Times. 67 (21, 057). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 7 December 1992. p. 26. Retrieved 1 May 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  3. "Davis fumbles run to allow Senior in by one stroke". The Canberra Times. 66 (20, 694). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 9 December 1991. p. 22. Retrieved 1 May 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  4. "Baker-Finch in the wilderness, Turner out". The Canberra Times. 65 (20, 331). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 10 December 1990. p. 20. Retrieved 1 May 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  5. "No more 'yips' for Midas-touch Senior '". The Canberra Times. 64 (19, 787). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 11 December 1989. p. 22. Retrieved 1 May 2017 via National Library of Australia.
  6. "Davis takes big money". The Canberra Times. 63 (19, 418). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 5 December 1988. p. 28. Retrieved 2 May 2017 via National Library of Australia.
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