Europe Storms to Victory at JOHNNIE WALKER® Ryder Cup Media Event

"Will today's result be an omen for who will win The Ryder Cup? Only time will tell."

- Golf pundit and former Ryder Cup captain, Colin Montgomerie

European journalists enjoy narrow win over American counterparts at what could be an early predictor of this year's result

GLENEAGLES, Scotland, Sept. 24, 2014 /CNW/ - The European team are favourites to retain this year's Ryder Cup if a media event held at Gleneagles today is anything to go by.

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Inside the luxurious JOHNNIE WALKER® EXPERIENCE, a short walk from the PGA Centenary Course where the main action will take place this weekend, a team of European golf journalists sealed a two-shot victory over their American rivals at the exclusive JOHNNIE WALKER Mini Golf Course.

Winning captain, golf pundit and former Ryder Cup captain, Colin Montgomerie said: "I was impressed with the efforts of both teams. I thought the Americans put up a great fight but some clinical putting saw us home on what were very tricky conditions. Will today's result be an omen for who will win this weekend? Only time will tell."

JOHNNIE WALKER is an Official Partner of The Ryder Cup 2014 and created the JOHNNIE WALKER EXPERIENCE to celebrate the return of The Ryder Cup to Scotland after 41 years. The JOHNNIE WALKER Mini Golf Course consists of four holes (three Par 2s and a Par 5) inspired by the John Walker & Sons story.

Fans of whisky and golf who are attending this year's event can book a tee-off time at the JOHNNIE WALKER Mini Golf Course by signing up at johnniewalkerexp.eventbrite.com. Players will receive score-cards and make their way around the course, while discovering fascinating facts about the brand's history, before enjoying a 'Free Drop' at the bar when they have completed their round.

The JOHNNIE WALKER EXPERIENCE is an exclusive pop-up installation where players, media and guests can have fun and enjoy a sample of JOHNNIE & GINGER as the drama of The Ryder Cup unfolds a short walk away.

It is part of a series of exciting activities by JOHNNIE WALKER including an ambitious plan to get 25,000 people to 'Join the Pact' during Ryder Cup week by challenging them to make a commitment to Never Drink and Drive. JOHNNIE WALKER Responsible Drinking Ambassador and two-time former F1 Champion Mika Häkkinen will lead the campaign and will be at the event to show his support and encourage fans to sign-up.

Commenting on the outcome of the media event, Guy Escolme, Global Brand Director, JOHNNIE WALKER, said: "The Ryder Cup is one of the greatest occasions in the sporting calendar with a global television audience of over 500 million, but we won't know until Sunday evening if what happened here has any bearing on the final result. 'Paul The Octopus' did pretty well in predicting results at the 2010 World Cup and who is to say events at the JOHNNIE WALKER Mini Golf Course won't anticipate Sunday's result? We're excited to find out."

The four holes of the JOHNNIE WALKER Mini Golf Course are: The Grocery Store; The Four Corners; Scotland's Finest Exports and Keep Walking.

The Grocery Store is inspired by the brand's founder, John Walker, who operated out of a grocery store in Kilmarnock in the 1800s, about 65 miles from Gleneagles. He imported rare and exotic flavours from around the world and it is thought that he used his tea blending skills to craft some of the first (and finest) blended whiskies in Scotland. The Four Corners tells the story of how JOHN WALKER & SONS crossed oceans and continents to export their whiskies from the four corners of Scotland to the four corners of the world. Scotland's Finest Exports celebrates the fact that whisky and golf are two of Scotland's greatest gifts to the world and Keep Walking references the Striding Man logo and the brand's pioneering spirit.

The JOHNNIE WALKER EXPERIENCE will be open to guests for the duration of The Ryder Cup 2014.

Notes to editors: 

About Diageo 

Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with an outstanding collection of brands across spirits, beer and wine categories.  These brands include Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, J&B, Buchanan's, Windsor and Bushmills whiskies, Smirnoff, Cîroc and Ketel One vodkas, Captain Morgan, Baileys, Don Julio, Tanqueray and Guinness.

Diageo is a global company, and our products are sold in more than 180 countries around the world.  The company is listed on both the London Stock Exchange (DGE) and the New York Stock Exchange (DEO).  For more information about Diageo, our people, our brands, and performance, visit us at http://www.diageo.com. Visit Diageo's global responsible drinking resource, http://www.DRINKiQ.com, for information, initiatives, and ways to share best practice.

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For further information: Claire Lorimer, Smarts Communicate E: claire.lorimer@smartscommunicate.com, T: +447894096150 Cahir Mcdaid, Smarts Communicate E: Cahir.mcdaid@smartscommunicate.com, T: +442890395520


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