PHUKET: This week on the PGA tour saw the Tour Championship and the finals of the Fed Ex Cup played at the East Lake golf course in Atlanta, Georgia.
The course was in immaculate condition and the greens were similar to those at the Lakes golf course at Blue Canyon in Phuket, with subtle breaks, which make it difficult to read the first time.
Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods were leading the Fed Ex reset points from last week, giving them the best chance to win.
Jim Furyk was the first to show his colors in the front nine on the second day with an outstanding 29, shooting 64 for the day and 7-under for the tournament. Justin Rose 66, 68 was 6-under and one shot behind.
The third round is moving day. Brandt Snedeker shot himself into contention matching Furyk’s 64 from the previous day to lead with Justin Rose, who was on 8-under-par; McIlroy, despite driving poorly off the tee, was hanging in there at 5-under, with Woods one back.
In the last round, the first six holes seemed to be making fools out of the best players in the world, especially the 6th. Double-bogies were common place and with 12 holes to go, the tournament was still up for grabs.
Woods was the first casualty 4-over-par through six holes and couldn’t rally from there, shooting 72 in the last round to finish a disappointing 8th for the week.
McIlroy fared no better, missing fairway after fairway leaving him too much to do with his second shots out of the rough. His consolation was second place in the Fed Ex cup.
Justin Rose who looked in control of his golf game all week, lost confidence on the greens in the last round, it looked like their speed was too much for him to handle. He finished with a 71, 7-under for the tournament to finish second.
Brandt Snedeker on the last round, went into an early two shot lead, but a double bogie on the 6th brought him back. However, his short game was red hot in the last round and by the time he came to the 18th hole he was 4 shots clear of the field. His bogey gave him a 68 for the day and a 10-under total for the week.
Snedeker picked up the Tour Championship and because of where Woods and McIlroy finished he won the Fed Ex cup outright.
On Phuket, the Ryder cup teams playing at Blue Canyon have been chosen. The European side have been preparing well for this event and team USA is starting to gather momentum. It should be a great contest between the two teams, – win, lose or draw. After their games, I’m sure they will be watching the Ryder Cup, which USA are hosting this year.
Golf Tip of the week: Pre-shot routine:
One of the things we like about Brandt Snedeker’s golf game is once he has made up his mind up to play his golf shot, he just gets on with it.
His pre-shot routine seems a bit twitchy but he does the same twitchy routine every time. We call this a process goal – staying in the moment. The same routine keeps him relaxed and this in turn creates consistent results each time.
So remember to keep doing the same routine that got you to where you are in the first place, this will help you feel more comfortable each time you hit your golf ball.
For tips on how to improve your golf game, visit: thegolfguru.com.
— Martin Platts
‘Always Smile Journey’ raises fund to provide free English classes for underprivileged people
On October 18, the ‘Always Smile Journey’ group and its partners will host an exhibition with plenty of fun activities at the Yak Yai Market, near Chalong Circle, in Phuket. This event was designed to raise funds to provide free English classes for underprivileged people on the island of Phuket on Saturdays and Sundays. The group does not accept donations but aims to raise money through the sales of the products available at the event.
From 2 pm to 8 pm, there will be a number of artists, musicians and performers who will keep the attendees entertained along the way. There will be a short film about His Majesty King Rama 9 as well as fun activities and games for kids and families, which are all free of charge.
The big bike crew is also a part of this event. They will ride a parade from Rawai Beach heading to the market and showcase their gorgeous two-wheel buddies.
One of the highlights of the Always Smile Journey exhibition is the ‘Happening’ artists group, who will draw and paint a picture of the His Majesty King Rama 9 under the name ‘Street Art King Bhumibol’ on a 4×10 meter sign live at the event so the guests will experience this large-scale art in action. The Happening will also offer portrait sketching for the participants.
There will also be some western menus available at the event which will be donated to underprivileged children.
This free English class project has over seven years of experience through its cooperation working with individuals and other charity organizations. Throughout the years, the group visited several areas such as Ban Laem Hoy School, Ban Bopud School and Ban Angthong School in Samui, Surat Thani province, Ban Bueng Ao Oun School and Ban Kakoh Rayong, in Surin province, Jalae Village of Lahu (Muser) in Chiang Rai province, as well as community education centers in Siem Reap, Cambodia and in Luang Prabang, in Laos.
This event is a cooperation between several groups, including Happening, Yak Yai Market and Arrow Media, Tattoo artist group, Thonburi Art School Alumni, International School of Tourism, Suratthani Rajabhat University, big bike group from Phuket, artists/performers/musicians from many provinces as well as several businesses across Phuket.
The world’s fastest growing tourist destinations
PHOTO: Hello Phuket – destined for huge tourist growth in the next six years – fodors.com
In 2018, international tourist arrival traffic grew by 6% to reach a total of 1.4 billion world tourists, according to research by UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. And there’s a lot more to come with international travel predicted to increase by a massive 35% over the next six years to 2025.
But where is all that extra traffic going to go? Which destinations are quiet now that might be swarming with tourists in the years to come? Two destinations in Thailand are set for a prosperous future, according to the data. Whilst almost all the growth is excepted to be to Asian destinations, an under-visited resource for world tourism so far.
Euromonitor data has been used to simulate tourist growth models and reveal the fastest growing projected visitor arrivals in major cities and destinations around the world for 2025, compared to arrival figures in 2018.
In Thailand, Phuket’s tourist traffic is poised to increase up to 85% in the next six years, from nearly 12 million arrivals in 2018 to over 22 million in 2025. Bangkok is predicted to see the 8th most prolific rise in tourist traffic, with arrivals in Bangkok set to swell an additional 68% during the same period. Doha, the capital of Qatar, is set to explode with 104% increase in traffic over the next six years.
The data also predicts that both Bangkok and Phuket will rebound big time in 2020, Phuket in particular with a growth of around 20% for the next year, accord to the data from TravelSupermarket.com.
By 2025 the data predicts that Bangkok will be the world’s #1 tourist destination, a position it’s held before in recent years. The Thai capital will be followed by Singapore, Dubai, Phuket and Kuala Lumpur, making South East Asia the world’s emerging tourism hotspot.
Some of the world’s favourites – New York, Paris, London – will continue to grow their tourist numbers but not at the rate of most Asian destinations.
You can read the full list HERE.
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Stats compiled by travelsupermarket.com
Rawai beachfront water shut-off tomorrow for mains works
The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority says Rawai’s mains water supply will be shut off tomorrow (Tuesday, October 15) as new water pipes are fitted in front of The Title Beach Front condo resort complex on the town’s beachfront.
The mains water supply will be shut off from 9am until 4:30pm along the beachfront strip.
The PWA says the areas affected will be along Wiset Road along the Rawai beachfront road, as well as Soi Yanui and Soi Ruafaed.
Residents and businesses are being urged to collect water for use during the day today, before tomorrow morning’s shut-off.
As usual, the PWA say…“We apologise for any inconvenience caused.”
Contact the Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority on 076 319173 or 082 7901634 for more details.
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