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Thursday, 04 March 2010

Our man at the Maybank Malaysian Open takes an irreverant look at life inside and outside the ropes at the Kuala Lumpur Golf and Country Club.

KLGCC is okay by me...

The European Tour’s finest have been queuing up to heap praise on the newly renovated Kuala Lumpur Golf and country Club this week. The good people at the KLGCC have spent a fair amount of Malaysian Ringgets on redeveloping the East and West Courses here, as well as building a hugely impressive clubhouse facility. Here’s what the stars of the show had to say....

DARREN CLARKE: “The golf course here is brilliant. You can see that they have spent an awful lot of money but you can see that in the course – it is sensational. If we played golf courses in this sort of condition every week then we would be very happy, it is brilliant.”

THONGCHAI JAIDEE: “The West Course here at the KLGCC is the best course in Malaysia. I like this course a lot. They put more bunkers and are in play on almost every hole. This year it will be very challenging. This year is the best year so far because of good organization, good facilities and fantastic golf course.”

SOREN HANSEN: “Over the last ten years or so we have seen huge moves made in Asia to improve the courses and facilities and make them really world class and it is all credit to the people here at the KLGCC because they have clearly invested a lot of money here and they deserve all the praise they are getting this week. I hope this is a venue that stays on Tour for many years to come because this is as good a course as you will find anywhere in Asia. We just have to hope that the sponsors stay with us here and that the Members here are happy to have us because it is a fantastic course.”

Need lesson, will travel...

How far would you be prepared to travel to sort out your swing? A few miles? An hour in the car or on the train? It never ceases to amaze me the lengths that the modern pro will go in order to fix a tweak in the swing or the head. Young New Zealander Danny Lee was the latest player to floor yours truly with a tale that highlights the level of dedication and insanity required to make it to the top level of pro golf. Unhappy with the way his swing changes were affecting his game at the recent Avantha Masters in India, the 19 year old,  one of only three players in history to win as an Amateur on The European Tour, decided that instead of going home to Florida he would head the other way....to New Zealand for a quick consultation with his old coach. India to New Zealand for a lesson eh? Now that is dedicated insanity if ever I have heard it....

Jet-lag strikes again...

You may have noted a few moans about jet-lag from A Slice of the Action over the last year or so. Well, they continue this week after another gruelling journey from the UK to KL in Malaysia. A nice 18 hour trip from door to door is always going to result in a small dose of the condition that is medically known as desynchronosis. That’s jet-lag to you and me. Anyway, you know you’re jet-lagged when you are sitting in your hotel room typing “jet-lag” into google at 4:45 in the morning. I have to say dear readers that the results were not too encouraging, although there are a number of herbal remedies out there in that scary world of the internet that claim to be able to cure the dreaded lag. The sensible advice seems to be that there is no sensible advice when dealing with it, but, apparently, ‘a healthy diet and regular exercise’ can reduce the effects of the lag so I am essentially not going to sleep for the rest of my life. Funnily enough I couldn’t find anything online that supports my personal remedy to every long-haul traveller’s worst nightmare: lashings of beer and red wine. I did, however, stumble across an interesting article that claimed “A recent study in hamsters showed that sildenafil citrate (known commercially as Viagra) aided in a 50% faster recovery” from jet-lag. Hamsters on Viagra sleeping perfectly.....Where do I sign up for the human testing?

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