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Chivas Snow Golf Championships Feature Ryder Cup Winner Constantino Rocca

Former Ryder Cup winner, Costantino Rocca and European tour professional Lee Slattery will swing into action at the Chivas Snow Golf Championship from the 11th - 12th January 2008.

Set in the luxurious surroundings of St Moritz, golf's coolest tournament will boast a field of over 75 competitors from 12 countries. Playing in the shadow of the stunning Corvatsch mountain, the pair will be looking to give each other the cold shoulder and keep clear of the rest of the professional field.

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Competing in the Men's Professional category against Rocca and Slattery will be Chile's number one golfer Christian Leon, Indian professional Rishi Nahrain and BBC golf presenter Paul Eales. They will battle it out over 9 challenging snow holes to see who is crowned ‘King of the Mountains' and lift the prestigious Chivas Regal Trophy.

Costantino Rocca said: "The setting looks spectacular - a breath taking venue to tee off from. This is the first time I have played a tournament on snow and I am sure it is going to be a challenge. The course looks fantastic and the other competitors tough. I will have to be at my best to win and may need a small Chivas to keep me warm on the way round."

Lee Slattery added: "I played in the Chivas Snow Golf tournament in 2006 and really enjoyed the challenge. I have seen the other competitors practicing so I know I will have to use all of my snow golf experience and play some ice-cool shots to stay ahead of the others"

Sophie Gallois, Chivas Regal Brand Director said: "The Chivas Snow Golf Championship continues to attract an ever-growing international audience as the high quality of golf on offer is rivaled only by the great evenings to be had in the glamorous venues of St Moritz. We are really looking forward to raising a toast to this year's winner but also to everyone who shares in this unforgettable experience".

The Chivas Snow Golf Championship, St Moritz, an extraordinary event in an inspiring place, is perfectly accommodated by the exclusive surroundings of St Moritz.

The event is played over holes approximately 33% shorter than normal grass holes. The fairways are made of compacted snow, the 'whites' are made from frozen snow and the balls used are a fluorescent amber colour.

Other international celebrities attending the event include Slovenian model and actress Katarina Cas, Bulgarian sports presenter Kamen Alipiev, Polish celebrity chef Karol Okrasa and Polish fashion designer Maciej Zien.

CHIVAS REGAL

• Chivas Regal is a truly global brand, selling over 48 millions bottles (a bottle a second - its highest ever volume sales) in over 200 countries

• Chivas Regal is the flagship Scotch whisky brand of Chivas Brothers

• Chivas Regal is the most dynamic brand in the premium Scotch whisky category

• The Chivas Regal range is the epitome of style, substance and exclusivity

NOTES ON SNOW GOLF:

• The Chivas Snow Golf Championship, St Moritz, held in Engadin, takes place from 11-12 January 2008 and is now in its 29th year

• Competitors in this year's event include golfers from Bulgaria, Croatia, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, Greece, Chile, Scandinavia and India

• Last year's Chivas Snow Golf Championship St Moritz attracted an impressive line-up of well known faces including former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance, supermodel Jodie Kidd and Asian Tour professional golfer Martin Rominger.

• The Chivas Snow Golf Championship is played in accordance with the Rules of Golf as approved by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club

• Snow Golf is played over 9 holes. The holes are usually between 120 and 180 metres long - 33% shorter than normal grass holes

• Maximum handicap allowed is 36

• The snow throughout the course is heavily compacted the day before the tournament to define the fairways

• The green is white. The ‘whites' are re-frozen each night to ensure that the ball runs as smoothly as possible

• Unlike grass golf, the flags are left in the holes at all times

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