DID YOU KNOW – JOHNNIE WALKER CHAMPIONSHIP AT GLENEAGLES
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).
Defending champion, Peter Hedblom will aim to join Anders Forsbrand (1991-92 Volvo Open di Firenze) and Per-Ulrik Johansson (1996-97 European Open) and become just the third Swede to successfully defend a European Tour title.
Sam Torrance will be making his 706th European Tour appearance, extending his record at the top of the most events played list. He also extends his record of being the only player to have competed in at least one European Tour event in every season since The European Tour’s first official season in 1972.
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).