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Johnnie Walker Classic

Garcia on course for showdown with Chinese ace

Spanish world number six Sergio Garcia, South Korean number one Choi Kyung-ju and China's leading player, Zhang Lianwei, have confirmed their participation in this year's GBP1.25 million ($18.621 million) Johnnie Walker Classic in Beijing in April.

Friday, 25 February, 2005, 12:00am

Els heads glittering Classic cast

South African star Ernie Els will headline the cast for the 2005 Johnnie Walker Classic in Beijing in April.

World number three Els has signed up for Asia Pacific's premier golf event at the Jack Nicklaus-designed Pine Valley Golf Resort and Country Club from April 21-24.

17 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

There is a reassuringly upbeat mood

Like every walk of life in Asia, golf has suffered fallout from the region's economic crisis.

Golf course construction has slowed to a trickle, golf equipment manufacturers have seen retail sales dwindle, while sponsorship dollars, so crucial to the development of the game at all levels, have become fewer.

25 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Classic gains new admirers

Hong Kong: The 1999 Johnnie Walker Classic will be tri-sanctioned for the first time in its nine-year history by the European, Australasian and Asian PGA Tours.

The tournament will feature 60 European and 60 Australasian Tour players with the remaining 42 competitors in the starting field of 162 comprising 32 Asian PGA Tour players and 10 sponsor invitees.

13 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Tiger's Classic feat only adds to the legend

So, another chapter in the Tiger Woods legend has been written. With his improbable Johnnie Walker Classic triumph on the eve of the Year of the Tiger, the 'Chosen One' emitted a roar of intent that was heard around the golfing world.

2 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

Woods toils as Els sails ahead

Ernie Els flexed his muscles yesterday to race clear in the Johnnie Walker Classic as world number one Tiger Woods continued to toil in the Phuket sunshine.

While defending champion Els blazed to a bogey-free seven-under-par 65 around the Blue Canyon Country Club layout, Woods only managed an uninspired 71.

24 Jan 1998 - 12:00am

Boulet dashes to top

Dominique Boulet yesterday defied fatigue to lap the field and soar to the top of the Hong Kong PGA Order of Merit standings.

With a second-round 64 at the Clearwater Bay Golf and Country Club, Boulet swept to a runaway victory in the second leg of the 1996-97 HKPGA circuit.

21 Jan 1997 - 12:00am

Classic returns to Asia in '98

The Johnnie Walker Classic, the region's highest profile golfing event throughout the 1990s, will return to its Asian roots in 1998.

26 Sep 1996 - 12:00am

Korean putts on the style for Asia

WHILE Ian Woosnam was continuing the Johnnie Walker Classic tradition of producing big-name winners, the Asian flag was kept flying high by Korean Park Nam-sin.

Wielding his new putter to stunning effect in Singapore yesterday, Park matched the Tanah Merah Country Club Garden Course scoring record of seven-under-par 65.

29 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

In-form Boulet relishes challenge fo facing world's superstars

HONG KONG'S Dominique Boulet aims to cash in on his late invitation to join this week's US$925,000 Johnnie Walker Classic, Asia's most glittering golfing extravaganza.

Boulet received confirmation of his 11th-hour reprieve for the opening event on the 1996 European Tour while he was in Kuala Lumpur at last week's Malaysian Open where he tied for 13th place.

24 Jan 1996 - 12:00am

Philippines bidding for a Classic follow-up

PRESIDENT Fidel Ramos is leading a concerted Philippine bid to bring the Johnnie Walker World Championship to Asia.

Swept along on a wave of euphoria following the staging of last month's Johnnie Walker Classic, Philippine politicians have made no secret of their wish to bring the World Championship to their country.

10 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

Chinese pair in Oz debut

ZHANG Lianwei and Cheng Jun will attempt to put visa complications behind them when they tee-off in the Heineken Classic at The Vines in Perth, Australia, writes Spencer Robinson.

2 Feb 1995 - 12:00am

ProCelebrity golf in Manila

DON'T be surprised if Hong Kong seems a little emptier this week. The many golf fanatics here will be heading off to the Orchard Golf and Country Club south of Manila for the ProCelebrity Shootout tomorrow.

23 Jan 1995 - 12:00am

Zhang jbooks place in Classic

CHINA'S Zhang Lianwei shattered the Honichi Golf Leisure Club course record en route to booking himself a passage to Manila for next month's Johnnie Walker Classic, writes Spencer Robinson.

29 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Illness robs Mr Lu of a fairytale comeback

ILLNESS has forced legendary Taiwanese Lu Liang-huan to cancel his eagerly anticipated return to the territory for this week's Kent Hong Kong Open, writes Spencer Robinson.

''Mr Lu'', winner of the inaugural Hong Kong Open in 1959, was scheduled to mark the 35th anniversary of that success with a nostalgic return to Fanling.

24 Feb 1994 - 12:00am

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