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PHUKET: After the excitement of the US Open, the PGA tour moved on to the TPC River Highlands golf course at Cromwell, Connecticut for the Travelers Championship.

Newly crowned US open champion Webb Simpson and Masters Champion Bubba Watson started the first two rounds with Keegan Bradley. Going into the last round, Brian Davis was in second place on 10 under par and Ronald Thatcher was leading at 11 under.

Thatcher gave up his early advantage on the front nine with three bogies in the first six holes. Davis didn’t fare much better, shooting level par on the last day and finishing in joint fourth place.

Charley Hoffman started strongly with 7 under through 13 holes to take an early lead on 16 under par. Marc Leishman finished 14-under par, shooting an 8-under 62 on the final day.

Bubba Watson finished on 65 for a total of 13-under for the week. With Leishman and Watson back in the clubhouse, the pressure was on Hoffman during the last five holes. Knocking the ball into the water on 17, and then hitting the ball over the green on 18, left Hoffman with a tough putt to stay tied, but he left it short handing the tournament to Lieshman.

On the European tour, Danny Willett won his first tour event in Germany at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof, Cologne, at the BMW International Open.

Joel Sjoholm from Sweden was 11 under par after 2 rounds. After that, it was a packed leader board coming in to the last round and in the end Marcs Fraser from Australia and Barry Willett from England were tied on 11 under, which took it to a sudden death playoff. Fraser and Willett played five sudden death holes before Willett finally claimed the trophy.

Golfing tips to play better golf.
Striking the golf ball well is an important part of giving confidence to all golfers, but putting seems to make the difference each week in who wins, so let’s focus on ball striking with your putter.

On the practice green or practice putting mat, I would like you to find the sweet spot of your putter for more consistent results. These days there are normally markings on top of the putter head to show you where it is, so hit some putts making a good strike on the golf ball out of the sweet spot .

Most putts don’t go in the right direction or have the right distance when they are not struck correctly off the putter face, so practice hitting the golf ball right out of the sweet spot for better accuracy and distance control. This simple exercise will help you play better golf.

By Martin Platts, Director of The Golf Guru. [email protected].

— The Golf Guru



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Some restrictions lifted for superyachts in the region

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Thailand is poised to ease rules on bareboat charters as well as introducing new measures to attract more luxury and super yachts into the region.

The new measures were laid out in a presentation called “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea” held at the 2019 Thailand Yacht Show and Rendezvous in Phuket.

Gordon Fernandes, Asia Pacific Superyachts co-founder, outlined new measures to attract Superyachts in the meeting attended by officials from Thailand’s Customs Department.

Representing Thailand’s Customs Department, Kanchana Suwanicho, updated delegates on the rules applying for a temporary stay for yachts as well as outlining revisions for bareboat charter rules.

ttrweekly.com reports that, under the revisions, bareboat charters will not need to hire a Thai registered captain and engineer to be present on board vessels for the sailing duration.

“Out-dated rules are being reviewed, but due to recent boating tragedies involving foreign tourists authorities are concerned about potential safety lapses.”

Stating that Thailand wants to continue being the ‘Yachting Hub for Asia’ Kanchana said bareboat charters would not be required to hire a Thai captain and engineer, but the charterer would be required to show they had qualified personnel to assume full responsibility.

The Revenue department confirmed it was actively working to resolve a stumbling block linked to Superyacht charter licences.

“Once this stumbling block has been removed foreign flagged yachts, over 30 metres long, will be allowed to legally charter in Thailand. This will be a major boom for the industry both in Phuket and across the region.”

The easing of restrictions for superyachts coming to the region has been a major issue of the founder of the Thailand Yacht Show and Singapore Yacht Show, Andy Treadwell.

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Attendees of the “Highlighting Strategies for Attracting Yachts and Improving Safety at Sea”

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Suspect hands himself in to police, denies charges in Saphan Hin shooting

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A suspect has handed himself in to police after an arrest warrant was issued over a Saphan Hin shooting last week. The suspect is denying the charges.

A Thai man was shot dead near Saphan Hin in eastern Phuket last week. An arrest warrant was issued for the suspect shortly after as police went hunting for the suspect identified by witnesses.

Read more about the shooting HERE.

Wichit Police Chief Col Nikorn Somsuk says, “The suspect is 23 year old Jakkrit Sangsaard. Yesterday he presented himself to police for the shooting and carrying gun in public changes. He has denied the charges and been bailed.”

“At this stage we believe that the suspect and the dead man, Teerasak, had a previous conflict.. Teerasak stopped his motorbike and tried to fire a shot at the suspect but the gun misfired. The suspect then shot back. We are continuing our investigation.”

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Legal action taken against people who removed beer cans from beer truck accident scene

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PHOTOS / VIDEO:  Thanakrit Asulyakul / Mana Sombat / Kanlaya Singkangrang / Kritsada Mueanhawong

Legal action has already been taken against four people who ‘removed’ beer cans after a truck carrying boxes of beer cans overturned in Phuket on January 11.

A logistic company representative has filed a report with police after more than 80,000 beer cans, valued at more than two million baht, mysteriously “vanished” after the truck overturned in Rassada.

Read more about the incident outside a Rassada 7/11 HERE.

The Phuket City Police Chief Col Sompong Thiparpakun says, “Four people have now been arrested. They have admitted that they saw other people taking beer cans, so they did too. They say they have consumed the contents of all beer cans. ”

“If evidence can be provided that other people took these beer cans and sold them, legal action will be taken against them too.”

“It was illegal to remove these items from the crash scene.”

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