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Thailand Golf Championship To Take Place Despite Protests In Bangkok

Organizers of the Thailand Golf Championship on Thursday said that "the event would go ahead with the full complement of star players despite violent protests in Bangkok," according to the AFP. The tournament's organizing committee said that "it had taken advice from government departments and the police after a wave of demonstrations gripped the capital." Justin Rose, Bubba Watson, Henrik Stenson, Charl Schwartzel and Rickie Fowler "are the headline acts already confirmed for next week's tournament at Amata Spring Country Club east of Bangkok." A statement said, "All stakeholders in the tournament, including sponsors, partners and the Asian Tour, are being kept fully up to date on relevant issues." Anti-government protesters have been fighting street battles with police "as political violence returns to Bangkok, three years after dozens died in a crackdown on mass rallies." Fowler earlier said he was unfazed by the protests, but admitted he may have second thoughts if something "crazy" happens (AFP, 12/5).