Johnnie Walker Classic

The Johnnie Walker Classic was a European Tour golf tournament which was played in the Asia-Pacific region. Johnnie Walker is a brand name and the owners have a long history of tournament sponsorship. They also sponsored the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles which was a European Tour event played in Scotland. The event was originally called the Johnnie Walker Asian Classic. There was a tournament already called the Johnnie Walker Classic in Australia, but when that event ceased in 1992, the word Asian was dropped from the name.

Johnnie Walker Classic
Tournament information
LocationPerth, Australia
Established1990
Course(s)The Vines Resort and Country Club
Par72
Length7,104 yards
Tour(s)European Tour
Asian Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
FormatStroke play
Prize fund£1,250,000
Month playedFebruary
Final year2009
Tournament record score
Aggregate259 Ernie Els (2003)
To par−29 (as above)
Final champion
Danny Lee

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

European Tour event (1992–2009)
YearWinnerCountryVenueLocationScoreTo parMargin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
Johnnie Walker Classic
2009Danny Lee (a) New ZealandThe VinesPerth, Australia271−171 stroke Felipe Aguilar
Hiroyuki Fujita
Ross McGowan
2008Mark Brown New ZealandDLFGurgaon, India270−183 strokes Greg Chalmers
Taichiro Kiyota
Scott Strange
2007Anton Haig South AfricaBlue CanyonPhuket, Thailand275−13Playoff Richard Sterne
Oliver Wilson
2006Kevin Stadler United StatesThe VinesPerth, Australia268−202 strokes Nick O'Hern
2005Adam Scott AustraliaPine ValleyBeijing, China270−183 strokes Retief Goosen
2004Miguel Ángel Jiménez SpainAlpine GolfBangkok, Thailand271−172 strokes Thomas Bjørn
Jyoti Randhawa
2003Ernie Els (2) South AfricaLake KarrinyupPerth, Australia259−2910 strokes Stephen Leaney
Andre Stolz
2002Retief Goosen South AfricaLake KarrinyupPerth, Australia274−148 strokes Pierre Fulke
2001No tournament due to rescheduling from November to January
2000
(2001)
Tiger Woods (2) United StatesAlpine GolfBangkok, Thailand263−253 strokes Geoff Ogilvy
1999
(2000)
Michael Campbell New ZealandWestin ResortTaipei, Taiwan276−121 stroke Geoff Ogilvy
1998Tiger Woods United StatesBlue CanyonPhuket, Thailand279−9Playoff Ernie Els
1997Ernie Els South AfricaHope IslandQueensland, Australia278−101 stroke Peter Lonard
Michael Long
1996Ian Woosnam WalesTanah MerahTanah Merah, Singapore272−16Playoff Andrew Coltart
1995Fred Couples United StatesThe OrchardManila, Philippines277−112 strokes Nick Price
1994Greg Norman AustraliaBlue CanyonPhuket, Thailand277−111 stroke Fred Couples
1993Nick Faldo EnglandSingapore IslandSingapore269−111 stroke Colin Montgomerie
Johnnie Walker Asian Classic
1992Ian Palmer South AfricaPinehurstBangkok, Thailand268−201 stroke Bernhard Langer
Brett Ogle
Ronan Rafferty

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 year's European season.

Unofficial money event (1990)
YearWinnerCountryVenueLocationScoreTo parMargin
of victory
Runner-up
Johnnie Walker Asian Classic
1991No tournament
1990Nick Faldo EnglandRoyal Hong KongHong Kong270−144 strokes Ian Woosnam
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