China to Host Johnnie Walker Classic


04 Johnnie Walker ClassicBEIJING, China -- The Johnnie Walker Classic will shift from Bangkok to Beijing for the 2005 season. The event scheduled for April 21-24 will be played on mainland China for the first time in event history.
'We are thrilled to bring our prestigious event to the great nation of China,' said Ben Anderson, Johnnie Walker Global Brand Director. 'We hope that by bringing the Johnnie Walker Classic to China that we can help to build appeal and prestige for golf and recognition of Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky, both of which are undisputedly Scotland's greatest gifts to the world.'
The 2005 Johnnie Walker Classic is a tri-sanctioned event between the Tours of Asia, Australasia and Europe. The event will be contested at the Jack Nicklaus designed Pine Valley Golf Resort and Country Club.
Spain's Miguel Angel Jimenez won the 2004 event in Bangkok. Other former winners include Tiger Woods (1998, 2000), Greg Norman (1994), three-time major winner Ernie Els (1997, 2003) and reigning U.S. Open champion Retief Goosen, who won the event when it was played in Perth in 2002.