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Friday, 19 March 2010

• 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.

• Defending champion Mark Brown of New Zealand, claimed his first European Tour International Schedule victory 12 months ago. He became the second consecutive Affiliate Member to win the Johnnie Walker Classic, after Anton Haig in 2007. As a result of winning, Brown became the sixth different New Zealand player to win a European Tour event.  He follows Michael Campbell, Bob Charles, Frank Nobilo,Simon Owen and Greg Turner.

• 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.


• The Johnnie Walker Classic holds the record for most destinations to stage a single event  – seven. They are:  Australia, China, India, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

• The Johnnie Walker Classic has a rich roll of honour since the event began back in 1992. The former winners of the event have produced a total 183 European Tour wins and 28 Major Championships between them.

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