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Phuket Sports: Fed Ex Cup; Golf tip of the week

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Phuket Sports: Fed Ex Cup; Golf tip of the week | The Thaiger

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:

— Martin Platts

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong

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Police investigate motorbike hoons in Patong | The Thaiger

PHOTOS: Patong Police

Patong Police are investigating alleged foreign motorbike racing gangs in Patong after a viral video clip in local social media.

The Patong Police report that the clip of tourists who have been driving their motorbikes at high speed around the streets of Patong has been very popular and provided them with a lot of information about the locations, the bikes and the riders.

Police are now investigating the incident to find the people on the bikes so they can charge them and take legal action.

Every month they say there are about 2,000 cases as Patong Police enforce the road rules around the tourist town. Patong Traffic Police say they are strictly enforcing traffic rules to prevent road accidents and protect tourists.

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling?

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“Self-myofascial release” – what is foam rolling? | The Thaiger

by Krix Luther

The word is out about self-myofascial release – foam rolling – and, no, Thailand people, this doesn’t have to do with a ‘soapy’ or ‘happy-endings’.

So what is foam rolling you ask? Well, it was once a secretive technique used by professional coaches and therapists but has become a regular practice for people across the spectrum of all fitness levels.

Self-myofascial release is just a fancy term for a technique of self-massage that helps deal with muscle tightness and trigger points.

With a massage parlour never being farther than a kilometre away, and decent one-hour massage costing you less than 500 baht, it might be difficult to see the point of learning the technique – which would explain why I always see a bunch of rarely used foam rollers in the corner of Nai Harn Gym in Phuket (one of the places I work).

Nonetheless, the understanding of your body and muscle structures that comes with practising the technique can offer many benefits.

  • Increases flexibility and range of motion
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Prevents chances of DOMS
  • Reduces post-workout stress
  • Helps with post-workout cooldown
  • Reduces recovery time
  • Prevents training-related injuries
  • Reduces chances of overtraining

The practice can be done with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, Theracane or your own hands by simply applying pressure to specific points on your body, aiding in the recovery of muscles and assisting in returning them to normal function. We can think of ‘normal function’ as when your muscles are elastic, healthy and ready to perform at a moment’s notice.

Foam rolling after a workout will provide deep compression that will help relax tight muscles and adhesions (fibrous bands) between muscle layers and their surroundings. The benefits of foam rolling are outstanding, in addition to increasing blood flow, which will speed up muscle recovery. Foam rolling can be used for a variety of corrective bodywork.

It can loosen muscles to re-balance posture, re-establish proper movement patterns, enhance performance and help create pain-free movement.

Stretching alone is not always enough when it comes to releasing the tightness, which makes the technique very helpful. Additionally, you are able to feel exactly what is happening and adjust the pressure so that it is uncomfortable, but not unbearable – not always the case when it comes to the toes of your Thai masseuse digging into your back.

Krix Luther has been a Personal Trainer in Phuket for more than 10 years, he specialises in weight loss, strength & conditioning, TRX and CrossFit. For more information about Krix and his services, visit

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash

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Elderly motorbike driver dies in Thalang crash | The Thaiger

A 74 year old motorbike driver has died after colliding with a high speed taxi in Thalang this morning.

The Thalang Police headed to the accident near an intersection of Thepkrasattri – Nai Yang Road in Thalang at 7.40am.

When they arrived they found a damaged taxi. Nearby they located the damaged motorbike.

74 year old Somchai Uttasaha, the motorbike driver, was taken to the Thalang Hospital but was later pronounced dead as a result of his injuries.

Police report that the taxi was traveling at high speed. The driver was 48 year old Prasert Malitong.

When the taxi arrived at the location of the incident, the motorbike was allegedly traveling outside his proper traffic lane.  The taxi collided with the motorbike at speed.

The taxi driver has been charged with reckless driving causing death.

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