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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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Slow loris released back into Phuket forest

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PHOTOS: Department of National Parks

Officers from of the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area have helped in the release of a slow loris back into the wild yesterday.

The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation reports that the head of Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Area, Pongchart Chueahom, yesterday released the slow loris to the Khao Phra Thaeo Non-Hunting Are in Thalang.

The slow loris was found near a furniture factory in Thalang last week. It was being treated at a pet hospital before being handed over to Khun Pongchart when it was ready to be set free.

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Seastead structure dragged back to shore by Royal Thai Navy

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A floating seastead has today been towed by a naval vessel back to the Port of Phuket in Cape Panwa. Meanwhile the Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam is challenging the owners and builders of the structure to take the Thai Government and Navy to the International Court of Justice.

The Royal Thai Navy’s Third Fleet ventured out with a group of reporters on Saturday to inspect the floating seastead, the first of about 20 planned Ocean Builders for the open waters about 22km from Phuket’s Koh Racha Yai.

Nothing valuable was found on board the octagon-shaped steel and aluminium structure which was attached to a floating platform.

Two vessels were used in today’s operation. The living quarters were detached and placed on the first vessel and the second towed the floating platform to the shore for safe keeping pending legal action against its owner as well as the builder, Ocean Builders Company.

Dr. Wissanu said yesterday that Thai authorities were authorised to remove or dismantle the floating housing unit with or without the consent of its owner after finding the structure could pose a threat to Thai national security and sovereignty in accordance with Article 119 of the Criminal Code.

He said that the structure also posed an obstacle to vessels and was located not far from an oil rig.

Regarding the threat by Ocean Builders Company to sue the Thai government in the International Court of Justice for the removal, the deputy PM says he welcomes the move, noting that no government anywhere would allow a seastead settlement near their maritime territory.

Seasteader Chad Andrew Edwartowski and his Thai wife, Mrs. Nadia Summergirl, are wanted by the Thai police for questioning after Thai immigration revoked the American’s non-immigrant visa and blacklisted him.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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Phuket taxi slams into tree in Phattalung

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PHOTOS: Phattalung Rescue

Two people have sustained serious injuries after a Phuket taxi slammed into a tree in Phattalung last night.

Phattalung rescue workers were notified of the accident in Mueang Pattalung District at 7.57pm last night (Sunday).

They arrived at the scene to find the Phuket registered taxi resting in front of the big tree on the side of the road near a temple. The front of the vehicle had extensive damage following the collision.

The two people who sustained serious injuries were 58 year old Wanchai Srithong and 64 year old Jamras Srithong. They were both taken to the Phattalung Hospital.

Pattalung City Police are continuing their investigation. There has been no explanation given at this stage as to why a Phuket taxi was in Phattalung.

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