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Tiger Woods - Johnnie Walker Classic 2000

In the world of sports today we have many super stars, but none has captured the imagination quite like, the golfing phenomenon, Tiger Woods, who at the tender age of just 22, won the most coveted tournament, The Masters in Augusta in 1997, and, as history records this Thai - American golfing great, went on to record memorable wins in other major tournament namely The P.G.A. Championship of 1999 and The U.S. Open in 2000 but all that was exceeded by his record breaking performance in The British Open of 2000 at the famous links golf course ST. Andrews, Tiger had rounds of 67, 66, 67 and 69 for a tournament record of 19 under par.

His greatness needs no elaboration. All the living golf greats from Jack Nicklaus to Gary Player, Paul Azinger, David Duval, Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia, recognize Woods' impressive, even miraculous, ability, in golf. It is generally conceded that he has become a 'hell' or a 'nightmare' for any professional golf players who have to compete in the same tournament as this young man. It has become a new challenge for every golf player to beat this "Tiger".

Looking at his personality and mentality, however, many wonder who is really Tiger Woods competing against, other golf players in the tournament or himself. He announced his goal to score under 70 everyday in all four days of the British Open and he easily did just that with the scores of 67, 66, 67 and 69, creating a new record of 19 under par at St. Andrew Course, a record that will stand for a long time, one wonders can anyone to beat it apart from, Tiger himself.

It becomes phenomenal the amount of as viewers around the world that are glued to their television sets watching each time Tiger enters a competition. One such tournament is, the Johnie Walker Classic 2000 at Alpine Golf and Sport Club in Thailand on November 16-19. Tiger woods was actually the first golfer to accepted an invitation from the organizer, may be because he is half Thai blood.

If the presence of Tiger Woods alone makes this tournament already colourful, names of other golfers accepting to play make it even more colourful.

Sergio Garcia, a Spaniard with a nickname of "El Ninio" who becames the Worlds No.12 at the age of 20.

Jesper Parnevik, the World No.10 from Sweden, who is one of the four top prize winners in the world of golf.

Ernie Els, the Worlds No.4 from South Africa, a winner of this tournament three years ago before losing to Tiger Woods the following year. He will definitely want to take the Championship trophy back.

Michael Campbell, the reigning Champion of Johnie Walker Classic who defeated Woods. The New Zealander is now the Worlds No.31.

Last but not least, Prayad Maksaeng, a Thai golfer who could not be discounted by any of the above.

All of them could be touted as the 'Young Guns' who have the ability to make any tournament an arousing affair with their own style. We can be sure that the Johnie Walker Classic 2000 with a total prize of 80,000 Pounds will be another entertaining tournament. There will also be live television broadcasts of this tournament to countries around the world, throughout its four days of competition from November 16 to 19, 2000.

For golf lovers who want to see this tournament by their own eyes, they should go to the Alpine Golf and Sport Club in Bangkok and pay a small entrance fee (although it is believed that all tickets have been sold).

United Distiller & Wintners Co., Ltd. and AMG CO., LTD jointly organize the johnie Walker Classic 2000.

Tiger Woods : Biodata

Born : 30 December 1975
Birthplace : California, U.S.A.
Race : American-Thai
Nationality : American
Height : 6 feet 2 inches
Weight : 180 pounds
Education : Stanford University

Turned Pro
and joined PGA Tour
: 1996
Golf Record : Winner of the four major golf tournaments
     1. The Master 1997
     2. PGA Championship 1999
     3. US Open 2000
     4. British Open 2000
: Winner of 20 US PGA tournaments
: Winner of 2 European PGA tournaments
: Winner of two other professional golf tournaments
: Member of US Ryder Cup team in 1997 and 1999
Prize Winning : US$ 20 million as a professional golf player since1996
Thu, 15 May, 2003

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