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Tuesday, 18 August 2009

• Paul Lawrie made European Tour history in this Championship in 2000. Starting round one from the tenth tee, the 1999 Open Champion recorded a hole-in-one. This feat was matched by Thomas Levet in 2007. These are the only two players to begin a European Tour event with a hole-in-one.

• Since the event became part of The European Tour International Schedule in 1999, four of the winners have made this event their first victory. They are: Warren Bennett (1999), Paul Casey (2001), Søren Kjeldsen (2003) and Emanuele Canonica (2005).

• Grégory Havret won in wire-to-wire fashion 12 months ago. This was the first time the Frenchman had claimed a European Tour title when leading after every round. He will be looking to become the first player to successfully defend the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.

• Marc Warren ‘s victory in the 2007 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles  meant he became the seventh  and last Scottish golfer to date to  win an official European Tour event on home soil. They golfers are: Sandy Lyle (1978 European Open, at the Turnberry Resort), Brian Barnes (1981 Tournament Players’ Championship, at Dalmahoy), Ken Brown (1984 Glasgow Open, at Haggs Castle), Colin Montgomerie (1999 The Barclays Scottish Open at Loch Lomond and the 2005 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns), Paul Lawrie (1999 Open Championship, at Carnoustie and 2001 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns), Stephen Gallacher (2004 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, at St Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns) and Warren (2007 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles –  Gleneagles).

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