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PHUKET: Kingston Heath Golf Club was the venue for the Australian Masters last week. The course is the ‘pride of the sand belt’ in Victoria.

Adam Scott and Ian Poulter were the two highest world ranking players at number 5 and number 13 respectively. Going into the last round, Scott was 12-under and Poulter 13-under.

With home crowd advantage and putting better than Poulter, could Adam Scott put the disappointment of losing the Open Championship 2012 behind him?

Scott was the hotter of the two out of the blocks, birdying the first two holes and making three birdies in a row to score16 under. Poulter made three birdies and one bogey to card 15-under-par – one behind.

On the back nine things didn’t go the Englishman’s way, dropping shots on two par fives pretty much handed the title to Scott, who held his nerve with steady pars and a birdie on the last hole to win.

Scott finished on 17-under-par for the week, four shots ahead of Poulter. This was the first time Scott had won the Australian Masters, which delighted his Australian fans.

At the Hong Kong Golf Club Fanling golf course, Michael Campbell and Miguel Angel Jimenez were both tied at 10-under-par going into the last round.

Michael Campbell has had a difficult time on the golf course since winning the US open in 2005. His form seems to be returning as of late, but he was no match for Jimenez, who had 16 putts in the first 11 holes to take firm control of the USB Hong Kong Open.

Anderssen Hed was also in contention finishing on 14-under with a last round 64.

Jimenez pared the last hole to finish on 15-under-par to win the Hong Kong Open for the 3rd time – becoming the oldest player, at 48-years-old, to win a European tournament.

The co-sanctioned event between the European tour and the South African tour for the South Africa Open was also held last week.

Henrik Stenson came out on top finishing with 17-under-par to win for the first time in five years.

In Japan, Luke Donald won the Dunlop Phoenix Open to move back to the number two ranked player in the world.

Tip of the week – Sweep the ball from the rough for more distance.
Most golfers who go in to the rough think they have to dig their golf ball out, but this is not necessarily true.

If your golf ball is sitting on top of the rough or half the golf ball is showing and you want distance, you can just play your normal golf swing and let the golf club head sweep through.

Nowadays we have hybrid golf clubs that are specifically designed to get the ball out of the rough, due to the way the bottom of the golf club is made. So next time you are in the rough try to imagine that you are playing your shot from the fairway and let the golf club do all the work.

If you don’t want to go into the rough, come and see me for golf lessons at The Golf Guru international golf academy, with special promotions currently available.

— Golf Guru

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Phuket police arrest 6 after finding large amounts of methamphetamine in raid

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Phuket Provincial Police have arrested 6 people after finding large amounts of methamphetamine and other drugs during a raid. One suspect alone allegedly had 7.6 kilograms of crystal meth (ya ice) and over 12,500 methamphetamine pills (ya bah). 29 year old Surasak ‘Bank’ Wijit and 27 year old Panida ‘Mei’ Saeyang were arrested at an apartment car park in Soi Lookkaew, Moo 6, Rassada, in eastern Phuket, after they were found in possession of the drugs.

Police also found 2 mobile phones and a red Honda PCX, registered in Phuket, as evidence. Both suspects have been charged with posessing a Category 1 drug with the intent to sell.

Other suspects arrested at the same time include 36 year old from Chiang Rai, 42 year old Sarawut ‘An’ Srichanon, from Ranong and 31 year old Pornthep ‘Iew’ Thepchampa, who were charged with the same crimes in Chalong after police found more drugs in their possession. 33 year old Kamon ‘Kung’ Sae-ngow, was arrested as well after police found kratom juice and leaves at a house in Rassada. He was taken to Phuket City Police station and was charged with a Category 5 drug possession.

SOURCE:The Phuket News

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Phuket Muay Thai fighter is the first Thai national to compete in UFC

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The upcoming Ultimate Fighting Championship Fight Night event in Abu Dhabi will feature Thailand’s only national marking her third fight with the UFC, the world’s largest mixed martial arts competition. 24 year old Loma Lookboonme, from Burirram in northeastern Thailand, will fight in the event on October 3, 2020.

Loma is a Muay Thai fighter who has adapted her MMA skills to fight in the UFC where she currently trains at the Tiger Muay Thai gym in Phuket. Loma qualified for the national team at the age of 19 and has fought in over 12 nations worldwide. She currently trains 6 days a week starting daily at 6:30am with a 3 kilometre run. In the UFC, she will be competing against China’s Angela Lee who is the undisputed champion of the 52 kilogram fist weight category.

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Loma’s parents are former Muay Thai fighters and her 2 sisters currently compete as well. She reportedly started training at 8 years old after being inspired by her father, whom she describes as her “hero.”

Like most Thais in such fighting sports, Muay Thai offers a way to rise out of poverty-and fighting for the UFC can be financially lucrative. But Loma says her only Thai sponsor is the gym where she trains, with the rest of her sponsors being from foreign brands. She says she is trying to get more Thai sponsors but feels that maybe she needs to win the UFC first before Thai brands notice her.

Loma lost her last fight and says her new opponent gives her nothing to lose. She says her goal is to get into the Top 10, but is not sure when it will happen. Loma says for now, it would be good to fight against someone in the Top 10 to help her prepare for her future.

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Phuket airport ready for tourists after finishing Covid screening labs

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Phuket Airport is officially ready for tourists as authorities say they have finished installing Covid screening labs in an effort to welcome international travellers. The 5T Model for Covid-19 is being used at the airport with the goal of screening large groups of people in a quick and efficient manner. The Phuket health chief says the 5T’s stand for Target, Testing, Treating, Trusting and Tracing.

Phuket has one large airport at the north end of the island but is separated into two separate terminals – a domestic terminal (the original airport terminal), and a new international terminal opened in 2016.

The target category refers to the target groups of tourists while the tracing stands for software that will be used to monitor their movements. The testing category refers to Covid tests that will be implemented to travellers upon arrival along with the treatment and trust categories signifying the readiness of resources for medical treatment and confident communications between all parties respectively.

The Covid-19 lab container module has been set up at Phuket airport’s Terminal X (the terminal opened for charter flights opened in 2014) and will be tested tomorrow with its operation to start on September 30. As large groups of tourists could arrive (later in the year, the lab is reportedly capable of testing 96 people at a time with test results becoming available in 6 hours. What the airport would do withe tested passengers whilst waiting for 6 hours, has not been detailed at this stage.

Such a readiness plan to welcome foreign tourists originally singled out Phuket due to its popularity with travellers, and as a so-called guinea pig model to test in a controlled environment (Phuket is an island joined to the Thai mainland by a single 300 metre road bridge). Once dubbed the Phuket Model, authorities have proposed to rename the plan to “Special Tourist Visa” due to the confusion and opposition it reportedly caused. The scheme is reportedly now being proposed for all areas of Thailand but only allowing foreigners from specific countries.

SOURCE: Pattaya Mail

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