DOOSAN BECOMES A PATRON OF THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

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DOOSAN BECOMES A PATRON OF THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

13 May 2010, St Andrews, Scotland: The R&A has announced that Doosan, the infrastructure support business (ISB) group based in Korea, will become a Patron of The Open Championship. Doosan joins Lexus, MMC, Nikon, Rolex and RBS in their support of The Open. They are the first Korean company to become a Patron of golf’s oldest Major.

Doosan is a worldwide group of companies which specialise in ISB including nuclear and thermal power-plants and desalination, construction, mechanical equipment and marine diesel engines.

“We are very pleased to welcome Doosan as a Patron. They represent a new sector of support for The Open and have a long history of excellence in business and a commitment to quality,” said The R&A’s Director of Championships, David Hill.

“As the focus of The Open has become increasingly international, The R&A has looked to establish relationships around the world, particularly in Asia-Pacific. In Doosan we have found a strong partner for The Open Championship.”

“Joining The Open as a Patron is an excellent opportunity for Doosan to raise its profile throughout the world, and we believe the outcome will definitely surpass our expectations,” explained Iain Miller, the CEO of Doosan Power Systems, Doosan’s subsidiary power-plant business in Europe and America.

“The Open Championship has a very special place in golf and at a time when Korean golf is more and more prominent in the world this is a very natural partnership.”

Doosan were established in Seoul, Korea, in 1896, the year that Harry Vardon won his first Open Championship. The group of companies now employs over 36,000 people in 35 countries.

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Note to Editors

The R&A
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Further information:

David Hill
Director of Championships

Malcolm Booth
Assistant Director – Head of Communications

The R&A
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