Monty Aims to Extend European Tour Record in Korea

Hong Kong, Hong Kong (PressExposure) February 10, 2009 -- The Scottish ace - the most prolific British winner on the European Tour with an astonishing 31 titles - will tee it up in the €2.1 million showpiece at Pinx Golf Club on Jeju island from April 23-26.

"Monty" has won the European Tour Order of Merit title a record eight times and has also enjoyed plenty of success in Asia with tournament victories in mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau.

His elevated status in golf was underlined recently when he was named captain of the European team for next year's Ryder Cup.

"I've always enjoyed playing in Asia and have been fortunate enough to win there several times, so I'm very happy to be returning to the region for the Ballantine's Championship," he said.

"I've heard fantastic reports about the inaugural tournament - I'm told the course, organisation and hospitality were all outstanding - so I am very much looking forward to experiencing it all myself at this year's event.

"I know Ballantine's and the organisers are assembling a world class field, so it promises to be a fantastic week at Pinx Golf Club."

Montgomerie joins a line-up that already includes three time Major winner Ernie Els, world No.6 Henrik Stenson, world No.12 Lee Westwood, defending champion Graeme McDowell and former Masters champion Fred Couples.

Pinx was also the venue for last year's inaugural Ballantine's Championship when Northern Ireland's McDowell triumphed in dramatic fashion by edging out India's Jeev Milkha Singh on the third extra hole.

Ballantine's is title sponsoring the tournament - which is co-sanctioned by the European and Asian Tours and Korea PGA - for a minimum of three years.

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