The Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles
22 - 25 August 2013
Diageo is proud to be the host and sponsor of the 2013 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. Held over The PGA Centenary Course, venue for the 2014 Ryder Cup, this is one of the leading events on The PGA European Tour International Schedule of Events and will welcome some of the best golfers in the world to one of the most beautiful places in the world.
Fleetwood Number One at Gleneagles
England's Tommy Fleetwood won his maiden European Tour title on the first hole of a sudden-death play-off with Scotland's Stephen Gallacher and Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez in the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Gallacher looked out of contention when he ran up a triple-bogey seven on the 11th in a roller-coaster final round, but bounced back with birdies at the 14th and 16th and then holed from 15 feet for an eagle on the last to complete a 67.
Fleetwood Goes His Own Way to Share of the Lead
England's Tommy Fleetwood shrugged off the disappointment of a last-hole bogey to share the lead going into the final round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Fleetwood looked set to lead on his own after six birdies and an eagle in his first 16 holes, but dropped his third shot of the day on the 18th to card a five under par 67.
At 16 under par he shares top spot with Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez...
Gonzalez Keen to Provide Touching Tribute
Argentina's Ricardo Gonzalez claimed a one shot lead at the halfway stage of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and will dedicate a fifth European Tour title to his late parents if he can secure victory on Sunday.
On the Centenary Course which will host next year's Ryder Cup at The Gleneagles Hotel, Gonzalez birdied his last five holes to card a second consecutive 65 for a 14 under par total of 130.
Richard Finch - Holes in one.
Gonzalez and Wiesberger Head Packed Leaderboard
Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and Argentine Ricardo Gonzalez took advantage of perfect scoring conditions to share the lead after the opening round of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Both players carded seven under par rounds of 65 over the Centenary Course which will stage next year’s Ryder Cup to lead by one from in-form Australian Brett Rumford, Spin’s Ignacio Garrido, Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee and English trio Oliver Fisher, Ross Fisher and Mark Foster.
Wiesberger Soaring at Gleneagles
Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger set the early clubhouse pace during round one of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles on a morning of low scoring.
The two-time European Tour winner has made 17 consecutive cuts this season and continued to shine with seven birdies in a blemish-free 65.
At seven under par he led by one from Spain’s Ignacio Garrido and England’s Oliver Fisher, the latter bogeying his final hole to miss out on a share of the lead.
Molinari Eager for More Gleneagles Magic
Francesco Molinari has plenty of fond memories of The Gleneagles Hotel, but he hopes to create the best of them this weekend at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
The Italian recalled a family holiday to Scotland as a teenager that saw him play two rounds at Gleneagles with brother Edoardo, and it was the scene of his first top ten finish on The European Tour back in 2005.
He has gone on to amass four top tens in seven appearances at the Perthshire venue, including a tie for third in 2010 when Edoardo won to earn a wildcard selection for that year’s Ryder Cup alongside his sibling.
“I always enjoy coming back here,” said Francesco Molinari, fresh from a top-ten finish at The Open championship.
Gleneagles set for spotlight
It might be another 13 months until The Ryder Cup heads to Scotland, but the spotlight will be shining on next year’s host venue this week when one of Europe’s Medinah Maestros - and a home-grown hero - defends the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles.
Scot Paul Lawrie claimed his eighth European Tour title at last year’s tournament, carding four rounds in the 60s to finish four shots clear of Australian Brett Rumford.
Lawrie went on the play a central role in Europe’s memorable Ryder Cup victory in Chicago just five weeks later, and he will be hoping for another inspiring performance at the host venue for the 2014 contest.
This week marks the 15th edition of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and the Scottish galleries will be hoping for another home winner, with Lawrie and Marc Warren (2007) the only Scots to have triumphed so far.
Warren will be looking to contend once again after recording his best finish in a Major Championship two weeks ago, a share of 12th place in the US PGA Championship.
Scott Jamieson and Stephen Gallacher, winners already on The 2013 Race to Dubai in South Africa and Dubai respectively, are also part of the strong home challenge, Gallacher having finished tied sixth last year along with compatriot Richie Ramsay, who is also part of the field.
With preparations for The Ryder Cup set to be in full swing this time next year, The Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles will not feature on The 2014 European Tour International Schedule, returning to The Race to Dubai for 2015.
So, for some of Europe’s Ryder Cup hopefuls, this week presents an ideal opportunity to not only capture the prestigious title, but also test themselves over the Jack Nicklaus-designed Centenary course which will provide the backdrop for next year’s matches.
One such player is Francesco Molinari, who alongside Lawrie was part of José María Olazábal’s victorious European Team at Medinah.
The Italian has a strong record at Gleneagles, finishing in the top ten four times in seven appearances, including tied sixth last year and third in 2010, when his brother Edoardo won the title before earning an Captain’s pick to join Francesco in The Ryder Cup Team at The Celtic Manor Resort.
Molinari was a top ten finisher in his last appearance on Scottish soil in The Open Championship last month.
Denmark’s Thomas Björn, twice a runner up in 2013, returns to the course where he prevailed in a five-man play-off to win the title in 2011, one of three victories he recorded that year.
THE McGINLEY FOUNDATION COMPLETES OFFICIAL CHARITY LINE
UP FOR THE 2014 RYDER CUP
The McGinley Foundation, a registered charity launched today by European Ryder Cup Captain Paul McGinley, has been announced as the fourth and final Official Charity of The 2014 Ryder Cup.
Past Champions headline Johnnie Walker Championship field
Seven past champions, including defending champion Paul Lawrie, Thomas Bjorn, Marc Warren and Gregory Havret head to Gleneagles for the Johnnie Walker Championship from the 22nd-25th August as they bid to become only the second player to win the tournament on two occasions.
This year’s championship is the last chance for fans to see some of the world’s best golfers take on the challenges of The PGA Centenary Course at Gleneagles before it plays host to the 2014 Ryder Cup next September. The field is taking shape with Ryder Cup heroes Francesco Molinari, Thomas Bjorn, José María Olazábal and Paul Lawrie lining up alongside captain elect, Paul McGinley.
The field boasts no less than 247 international victories among it with Michael Campbell, Paul Lawrie and José María Olazábal standing out as former Major Champions.