Johnnie Walker Classic to Return to Perth in 2006

Wed 01 Jun 2005

Johnnie Walker Classic to Return to Perth in 2006

June 1: The Johnnie Walker Classic will make a return to Perth, Australia next year after an absence of two years.

The prestigious event, tri-sanctioned by the Asian Tour, European Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia, will be played at Vines Resort and Country Club, which has been rated as Western Australia's premier courses.

Ben Anderson, Global Brand Director for Johnnie Walker, said: “We are delighted to be bringing this great tournament back to the beautiful city of Perth and look forward to renewing our association with the city and all the friends we made in 2002 and 2003, the last times the Johnnie Walker Classic was played in Australia.”

Anderson added that the Johnnie Walker Classic will also be played in Perth in 2009.

In its 15-year history, the tournament has been held in Australia on three occasions.  In 1997, Ernie Els won at Hope Island Club in Queensland.  In 2002, Retief Goosen won at Perth’s Lake Karrinyup and the following year, also at Lake Karrinyup, the first time the tournament has been played at the same venue in consecutive years, Els triumphed again.

Australian Adam Scott won this year's Johnnie Walker Classic held in Beijing, China for the first time in April. The field included five of the top-12 players in the world.

The Johnnie Walker Classic is jointly owned by DIAGEO, the world’s leading premium drinks business and IMG, the world’s premier sports, lifestyle management and marketing company, is sanctioned by the European, Asian and Australasian Tours and is supported by the Western Australian Government through EventsCorp, a division of Tourism Western Australia.