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Monday, 25 February 2008

• Ernie Els of South Africa created European Tour history in the 2003 Johnnie Walker Classic at Lake Karrinyup, Perth, Australia, when winning with rounds of 64-65-64-66 259 (-29). Here are the records he broke - lowest 72 hole score  to par, beating the 27 under par set by Jerry Anderson at the 1984 Omega European Masters and the lowest first 54 hole score  to par of 193 (-23), topping the old mark of 22 under by Vicente Fernandez at the 1975 Benson and Hedges Festival.

• Another South African, Retief Goosen went into the records books after his 2002 victory, also at Lake Karrinyup. He led after round two and took a 13 shot advantage going into the final day, eventually winning by eight from Sweden’s Pierre Fulke. His 13 stroke lead broke the old record for the largest third round leading margin, which stood at 11, set by Ken Brown at the 1984 Glasgow Open.

• In claiming the title in 2007, Anton Haig became just the sixth Affiliate Member to win a European Tour event. He also made Johnnie Walker Classic history when be became the youngest winner, aged 20 and 300 days, beating the record by Tiger Woods in 1998 of 22 and 26 days. As a result of his victory, the South African made it into the top ten of youngest ever European Tour winners, in tenth.

• Jyoti Randhawa will be playing in the Johnnie Walker Classic at the club where he is attached – the DLF Golf and Country Club. Only two previous players Graeme McDowell (2002 Scandinavian Masters, representing Kungsängen Golf Club) and Markus Brier (2006 BA-CA Golf Open, presented by Telekom Austria, representing Fontana Golf Club), have won European Tour events when the tournaments they won  were staged at the clubs there were attached to at that time.

• India will play host to the Johnnie Walker Classic for the first time and becomes the seventh different nation to stage the event since 1992. The other six  are: Australia, China, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

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