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Phuket: Thailand Open cancelled due to political instability

Phuket: Thailand Open cancelled due to political instability

GOLF: This year’s Thailand Open golf tournament has been cancelled because of the ongoing political trouble, organisers confirmed yesterday.

By Bangkok Post

Tuesday 20 May 2014, 05:30PM

Sanctioned by OneAsia and the Japan Gof Tour Organisation, the US$1 million (B32.5 million) tournament was initially planned to take place in March but was postponed after the government declared a state of emergency.

With the political crisis and the two circuits’ busy schedules, the organisers found that it was impossible to find a new date for the Thailand Open.

Patrick Feizal Joyce, vice-president of golf at promoter World Sport Group, said that it had been agreed by all relevant parties to cancel this year’s Thailand Open.

“It is our hope that the tournament will be staged next year and we will work with the TGA, the JGTO and OneAsia to find a suitable date,” he said.

Organisers will continue to monitor the situation with an eye on staging the event in early 2015.

Established in 1965, the Thailand Open is the oldest golf tournament in the country, and joined OneAsia in 2010.

At last year’s edition at Thana City Golf and Sports Club, Prayad Marksaeng became the third Thai to win the title after Suthep Meesawat (1991) and Boonchu Ruangkit (1992 and 2004).

The Thailand Open is the latest golf tournament affected by the political impasse which started in November with the Thailand Ladies Open and Thailand Ladies Amateur Open having been called off. Bangkok Post

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