UK: Diageo to sponsor Ryder Cup

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Diageo has announced that it will be one of the official sponsors of the 2014 Ryder Cup, strengthening ties between its Scotch whisky brands and golf.


Diageo said today (29 November) that it will be an official partner of the 2014 tournament. It will be held at Scotland's Gleneagles resort, which the drinks company owns.   

The deal strengthens the Johnnie Walker brand's ties to golf. Johnnie Walker will be "central" to the partnership, Diageo said, adding that the blended Scotch brand has sponsored the Ryder Cup before, in 1989, 1993 and 1997.

In 1921, Gleneagles was the venue for the first tournament that has since grown into the Ryder Cup. The tournament in 2014 is expected to have a global television audience of around 600m.

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