Johnnie Walker field finalised

The Johnnie Walker Championship has assembled a strong field of 156 players set to do battle at Gleneagles.

The Johnnie Walker Championship has assembled a strong field of 156 players set to do battle at Gleneagles, Scotland from August 25 – 28.

More than 25 nations are represented with more than 220 European Tour titles between the players set to participate.

Defending champion Edoardo Molinari has confirmed he will be in attendance, along with brother Francesco, to defend his title.

“So far Edoardo has had all the success in Scotland and I am keen to follow his example this year. We’ve won a number of tournaments between us but have yet to win the same title and that’s what I’ll be aiming for this week,” Francesco told

Edoardo, meanwhile, is looking forward to his defence.

“Defending the title is a big priority, it’s a great Championship and I really like the course which will be a great venue for The 2014 Ryder Cup. I like playing in Scotland and I’m sure the Scottish crowds will be unbelievable to me again, like last year. They are the most knowledgeable crowd that we play in front of.”

Colin Montgomerie is penciled in as well, as he returns from an achilles injury that saw him out of action for the last few weeks.

“I’m eager to get playing again so it’s with great excitement that I look forward to the start of the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles,” said Monty.

“I’m currently 92nd in The European Tour Race to Dubai and want to make it into the season-ending event so need a good finish in front of my home fans to move back into the top 60 of the rankings.”

The former Ryder Cup captain will be joined by two of his vice-captains from 2010, Thomas Bjorn and Paul McGinley, as well as his successor Jose Maria Olazabal.

“We are really looking forward to this year’s Championship especially as we have one eye on 2014 as we are now the next European venue for the Ryder Cup. With just over a week to go all our preparations are going well and we feel everything is in place for our best Championships to date,” said Graeme Marchbank, Head of Corporate Sponsorship, Diageo.