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Four top players commit to Johnnie Walker

Danish number one Thomas Bjorn, Ryder Cup star Colin Montgomerie, South African Trevor Immelman and Michael Campbell of New Zealand, have confirmed their participation in next month's £1.25 million Johnnie Walker Classic in Beijing.

The quartet's confirmation in the prestigious event will make it the strongest field ever assembled for a golf tournament in mainland China .

Presented by Johnnie Walker, the world's leading deluxe Scotch whisky, the Johnnie Walker Classic, Asia Pacific's premier golf event, is being played from April 21 to 24 at the prestigious Pine Valley Golf Resort and Country Club where the event makes its debut in mainland China for the first time in its 14-year history.

These international players join an already star-studded field that includes four of the world's top 10; world number three Ernie Els, Retief Goosen at number five, Spain's Sergio Garcia ranked seven and world number nine Adam Scott of Australia.

Also joining the galaxy of stars will be Korea 's number one, Choi Kyung-ju, European "Young Guns" such as Luke Donald and Paul Casey, six-time major winner Nick Faldo and the defending Johnnie Walker Classic champion, Miguel Angel Jimenez of Spain .

Bjorn is currently ranked 25th in the world with seven European Tour victories to his credit. Having turned pro in 1993, he became the first Danish golfer to play in the Ryder Cup and in 2003 the 34-year-old nearly won the biggest of them all, the Open Championship; with just three holes to play Björn was leading only to finish tied for second.

Last year at the Johnnie Walker Classic in Bangkok , despite leading over the first three rounds, he narrowly missed out again, finishing second behind Spain 's Miguel Angel Jimenez.

Montgomerie, the popular Scot affectionately known as Monty, won the European Order of Merit for a record seven consecutive years and has won 34 events worldwide since turning pro in 1987. He has represented Europe in seven Ryder Cup Matches including a pivotal role in Europe's success last year at Oakland Hills and is now ranked 54th in the world.

The 25-year-old Immelman became the first player since the legendary Gary Player to win back-to-back South African Opens. Last year, he won the Deutsche Bank SAP Open and is currently ranked 62nd in the world.

Campbell has won 13 times since turning pro in 1993 with one of his most notable victories being the 2000 Johnnie Walker Classic in Taipei, where he beat a star-studded field including Vijay Singh, Els and Tiger Woods.

The Johnnie Walker Classic is jointly owned and presented by Johnnie Walker and IMG and is jointly sanctioned by the European, Asian and Australasian Tours and the China Golf Association.


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