Date: January 13, 2009
Author: Sportal

Kim, Monty heading to Perth

International stars Anthony Kim and Colin Montgomerie have confirmed their participation in the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic in Perth next month. The involvement of world No.9 Kim and Scottish veteran Montgomerie has further bolstered the marquee Asian event with a host of big names already committed to the tournament. The pair will battle it out with Australian legend Greg Norman, world No.8 Camilo Villegas, world No.11 Lee Westwood, Englishman Ian Poulter and eight-time European Tour event winner Paul Casey. “I am very excited to play in my first Johnnie Walker Classic,” said Kim. “I am really enjoying playing in tournaments all around the world and I can&apost wait to visit Perth.” “One of my goals this year is to win my first European Tour title and it would be great to do that in February at the Johnnie Walker Classic.” Montgomerie, who has collected a staggering 31 career titles on the European Tour to date, shared Kim&aposs enthusiasm at taking part in the tournament. “It is a tournament I always enjoy and yet, it is one that I haven&apost managed to win,” he said. “I came pretty close when I finished second to Nick Faldo in Singapore in 1993, and have had a few top-10 finishes over the years, but it is certainly a title I would like to have on my CV and I hope that this will be the year.” The event, which was held in New Delhi last year, kicks off on February 19 at The Vines Resort and Country Club in Perth.