Schwartzel extends Thailand Golf Championship lead

Updated 08 December 2012
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Schwartzel extends Thailand Golf Championship lead

CHON BURI, Thailand: Overnight leader Charl Schwartzel of South Africa carded a third-round 68 to extend his lead over Daniel Chopra of Sweden to five shots at the Thailand Golf Championship at the Amata Spring Country Club on Saturday.
Schwartzel, last year’s runner up, shot three birdies and an eagle to go along with a bogey for an overall 18 under 198, staying on track to end a victory drought that stretches back to his Masters win in 2011.
“I felt like today was pretty solid,” Schwartzel said. “I feel comfortable playing this golf course. That’s the biggest key is just feel comfortable whatever you do. If that means being aggressive, then that’s being aggressive.
Chopra, who started the round four strokes back, bounced back from a double bogey on the fifth to fire a 69.
“I played fairly well. I had a couple of loose shots but nothing was really too bad,” Chopra, a two-time PGA Tour winner, said. “I’m five behind. Obviously my goal is to go out there and try to make it uncomfortable for Charl. Nobody wants to see him run away with it. I want to do my best to make it close down the stretch.” Twenty five players, including local Thitiphun Chuayprakong, finished their second rounds Saturday after bad light cut short play on Friday.
Chuayprakong fired a birdie on the last to finish his postponed second round with a 67 but an uneven round of 71 knocked him back to 204 and third place.
“Despite the lowest score in three days, I felt most satisfied today based on how I could control my nerves under a situation like this,” Chuayprakong said. “I was handling it quite well playing alongside a star player like Schwartzel in the leading squad ... I thought I would be under pressure but I felt comfortable.” Sergio Garcia of Spain was fourth, eight shots back, after a third-round 68. Australian Scott Hend (69) is another shot back in fifth, followed by Japan’s Masanori Kobayashi (73) on 208.
Masters champion Bubba Watson (71) and defending champion Lee Westwood (70) are joint seventh another shot back.


Iranian fans attempt to disrupt Portugal’s sleep at hotel

Updated 25 June 2018
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Iranian fans attempt to disrupt Portugal’s sleep at hotel

  • Hundreds of Iranian fans spent several overnight hours surrounding the hotel where Portugal’s national team is based
  • Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed by Portuguese TV RTP late at night by the window using gestures to ask the Iranian fans to be silent

SARANSK: Hundreds of Iranian fans spent several overnight hours surrounding the hotel where Portugal’s national team is based, making loud noises in an attempt to disrupt their opponents’ sleep before a decisive World Cup match later Monday.
Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was filmed by Portuguese TV RTP late at night by the window using gestures to ask the Iranian fans to be silent, but Monday morning there were still a few dozen of them playing loud music near the hotel in the Saransk city center.
Iran can only advance to the next stage of the World Cup if it beats the European champions. Portugal only needs a draw, but also aims to take the top position in Group B ahead of Spain.
Saransk police said they received their first calls about the noise about 11 p.m. Sunday, when a first wave of Iran fans arrived and started singing outside the hotel. That forced Ronaldo to show up, which convinced supporters to leave.
Then a second wave came and did not stop making noise for several hours. Police then blocked roads nearby, but the main avenue across the hotel was still open, which allowed Iran fans to keep their effort in smaller numbers.
Iran fan and IT consultant Mehdi Fayez arrived Monday morning after reading messages from supporters saying they needed to trouble Portugal to stand a better chance of winning the match.
“I love Ronaldo, I love Portugal, but this is a big game. We have to do all it takes,” a still joyful Fayez said, as he held an Iranian flag on the back of his head.
Montreh Fayoud, one of the several Iranian women that are attending their first World Cup, disagreed.
“We were coming back from dinner and saw all these Iranians here. When I found the reason, I decided to leave,” she said.
At about noon on Monday Portugal players had a quick walk around the hotel, but it is uncertain whether they will walk around the city as they did before other matches in Russia.