Big Names Headline Johnnie Walker Classic


European TourPHUKET, Thailand -- While 19 players from last week's WGC - Accenture Match Play Championship moved on to Florida this week, nine flew half way around the world to Thailand for the Johnnie Walker Classic.
Adam Scott
Adam Scott is the highest ranked player in the field. (WireImage)
Three of the top ten players in the world -- Adam Scott, Ernie Els and Retief Goosen -- headline a field that is minus the defending champion. All three of those players have won this title before.
Kevin Stadler, who fired four rounds in the 60s last year to win by two strokes, is playing on the PGA TOUR this week.
This event was played in Australia last year and returns to Phuket for the first time since 1998. That year, Tiger Woods bested Els in a playoff with Goosen finishing one stroke behind.
Goosen, who led by a remarkable 13 strokes after 54 holes en route to an eight-stroke win in 2002, will look to join Woods and Els as the only multiple winners here.
Paul Casey, who claimed the Abu Dhabi Championship back in January, will also be in Phuket this week along with Asian favorites Thongchai Jaidee, Thaworn Wiratchant and Prom Meesawat as well as 2003 Masters champion Mike Weir. The Canadian will be making his first appearance in this event.
The GOLF CHANNEL will have tape-delayed coverage of all four rounds.
Next week, the European Tour heads to Singapore for the Singapore Masters, where Mardan Mamat held off 2005 winner Nick Dougherty by one stroke last year.
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