Major Tournament History
The Blue Canyon Country Club rose to fame when the Canyon Course was selected for the 1994 Johnnie Walker Classic. This was followed by the 1996 Honda Invitational Tournament of the Omega Tour. The Canyon Course’s reputation as Asia’s best was reaffirmed in 1998 and again in 2007, when the Johnnie Walker Classic returned, making it the first golf course to ever host the tournament thrice in the JWC’s history.
Many of the world's top golfers, including Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam and Greg Norman, kept the galleries captivated by their excellent play right until the last hole in 1994.
Greg Norman holed his final putt to win the 1994 JWC with a final round of 64, beating Nick Faldo to reclaim the World No.1 ranking and setting the Canyon Course record. Tiger Woods took part in the 1994 Johnnie Walker Classic as an amateur, finishing a joint 34th. He is still the current amateur record holder for the Canyon Course with a score of 71.
In January 1998, JWC returned to the Canyon Course as the first event on the 1998 European Tour calendar. Once again, many of the world's top golfers competed for the title, including Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Nick Faldo and Ian Woosnam. The spectacular finish included one of the greatest comebacks in tournament golf. On the final day, Tiger Woods was 9 strokes behind the leading Ernie Els. Woods made up the 9 strokes in dynamic fashion and Els had to birdie the 18th for a playoff. The first hole of
1-4 March, 2007 - The stellar field included world number one Australian Adam Scott, world number fifty-four Ernie Els and number one hundred ninety-seven Retief Goosen, Ryder Cup stars Paul Casey, Colin Montgomerie and Ian Woosnam, Canadian Mike Weir, and Seniors Tour stalwart Sam Torrance. Challenging in the star-studded 156 player starting field was a force of the very best Asian talents including Indians Jeev Milkha Singh and Jyoti Randhawa. In the end Anton Haig from South Africa won the tournament with 13 under par and with score 275.
3-6 March, 2005 - Staged on the Canyon Course, in an effort to aid the resort island's recovery following the Tsunami tragedy. New Zealand's Richard Lee struck it rich at the US$500,000 Thai Airways International Thailand Open, winning his maiden Asian Tour title after a play-off victory over Australian Scott Barr.
Australia's Steve Elkington left his world-class stamp by winning the Omega Tour’s US$300,000. Elkington carded a final round three-under-par 69 for a four-round total of 281, to win by one shot over Felix Casas of Philippines.