Its Old vs Young at Johnnie Walker Classic


The European Tour stays in the land Down Under for one more week as the players descend on Australia's west coast for the 2003 Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth.
And like the saying goes, the Aussies have saved the best for last, with the European Tour's strongest field to date competing for the $270,898 first-place (US)check.
It will also serve up some of the most intriguing match-ups of this young season as the tour's elder statesmen take on a crop of up-and-comers that have designs on taking the tour by storm.
Ernie Els returns after a well-deserved week off but will face a gang of 20-somethings that will be trying to derail him of his torrid early season play, which includes two wins on the PGA Tour, a win at the Heineken Classic and a runner-up finish at the Caltex Masters.
Twenty-five-year-old Englishman Paul Casey, fresh off his victory at the ANZ Championship, will be joined by Trevor Immelman, Adam Scott, Justin Rose and world's No. 5 Sergio Garcia, all representing the European Tour's wealth of young talent.
Immelman, just 23 years old, has a first, second and third place finish in his first three starts of the 2003 European Tour schedule. He also won his host country's Tour Championship and was first on the Sunshine Tour's Order of Merit.
Scott, 22, captured two titles in 2002 including the Qatar Masters and the Scottish PGA Championship, and will hope the home soil will again prove to be good luck. He won the Australian Junior Championship's in both 1996 and 1997.
Garcia, still a youthful 23, is making his European Tour debut. He won once on both tours in 2002, at the PGA's season-opening Mercedes Championship and the Canarias Open de Espaa in April.
Rose, also 23, had perhaps the best season of all them in 2002, collecting four tournament titles worldwide, with wins coming at the Dunhill Championship and the British Masters.
Though not considered old by most standards, Els' compatriot Retief Goosen is also schedule to tee it up, along with the resurgent Nick Faldo. Faldo finished second to Els at the Heineken Classic by a single shot.
Thomas Bjorn and Lee Westwood are also in the field and American John Daly pulled out citing family reasons.
The Johnnie Walker Classic is jointly sanctioned by the Australasian, European and Asian PGA Tours.
Statistical Preview of the Johnnie Walker Classic