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Johnnie Walker Classic moves to Beijing

The Chinese capital of Beijing will be the venue for the 2005 Johnnie Walker Classic, event organisers said on Tuesday.

The tournament, sanctioned by the European, Asian and Australasian tours, will be played at the Pine Valley Golf Club from April 21 to 24.

The Classic will join this month's China Open and the Hong Kong Open on the calendar as golf continues to make waves in Asia.

"We are very proud to host this event here in China in 2005," Hu Jian Guo, vice chairman of the China Golf Association, said in a statement.

"It will give Chinese professional golfers the chance to compete alongside some of the best golfers in the world, and will showcase our strength in attracting and hosting world class events leading up to the Beijing Olympics in 2008."

The Johnnie Walker Classic was first staged in Hong Kong in 1990. The event has been played in eight different Asian cities over 10 different golf courses in the past 14 years.

Previous winners of the tournament include former world number ones Nick Faldo, Tiger Woods and Greg Norman.

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