Peter Hanson leads from Phil Mickelson at Augusta Masters 2012

Peter Hanson

By Rob Hodgetts BBC Sport at Augusta

Sweden’s Peter Hanson made a late surge to take a one-shot lead over Phil Mickelson into the final round of the Masters on Sunday.

The 34-year-old soared to nine under with a stunning 65, the best round of the week, as he seeks his maiden major title in only his second appearance at Augusta.

Mickelson, 41, fired a back nine of 30 for a 66 to join Hanson in the final group as he pursues a fourth Green Jacket in nine years.

South Africa’s 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen (69) is one adrift with Americans Bubba Watson (70) and Matt Kuchar (70) six and five under respectively.


-9 Hanson (Swe)
-8 Mickelson (US)
-7 Oosthuizen (SA)
-6 B Watson (US)
-4 Harrington (Ire), Westwood (Eng)
-3 Lawrie (Sco)
-2 Poulter (Eng), Couples (US)
level Rose (Eng)
+1 McIlroy (NI)
+2 McDowell (NI)
+3 Woods (US)
+7 Donald (Eng)

England’s Lee Westwood (72) is in a group on four under alongside America’s Hunter Mahan (68), Ireland’s Padraig Harrington (68) and Sweden’s Henrik Stenson (70).

Tiger Woods will begin the final round 12 shots back after treading water at three over with a level-par 72.

Rory McIlroy slumped to a 77 to end one over and world number one Luke Donald took 75 to end seven over.

Halfway leaders Fred Couples and Jason Dufner fell away on Saturday with rounds of 75 to end two under in a goup which includes England’s Ian Poulter, who carded 70. Scot Paul Lawrie has sole possession of 10th place on three under after a 72.

Eight players held at least a share of the lead at some stage on an absorbing day in the Augusta sun.

Despite favourable scoring conditions, no-one was able to escape from the pack until Mickelson sank a 25ft eagle putt on the 13th to join Kuchar and Oosthuizen in the lead at six under.

That seemed to inspire Hanson, who was playing up the 14th, and the 2010 European Ryder Cup player made four birdies in his last four holes.

Mickelson, who made his first birdie at the 10th and added another at the short 12th, was energised, too.

He fired further birdies at the par-five 15th, courtesy of an outrageous, high-risk high pitch from off the green to a few feet, and a birdie for a third day in a row at 18 after hooking his second shot around trees onto the green.

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Three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson
 Mickelson’s majestic back nine

Mickelson credited Thursday’s fightback from four over after 10 holes to end with a two-over 74 as the foundation for his bid to equal Woods and Arnold Palmer’s record at Augusta.

“When I look back at this tournament I’ll look at Thursday,” said the Californian, who has won all of his previous four major titles from the last pair.

“At some point I’m going to get hot here but I’ve got to be in a position to move up the leaderboard, not just get into the weekend. The way I fought back Thursday made that possible.”

“It’s going to be tough. It’s a new situation to me,” said the Swede, who lost 4&2 to Mickelson in the 2010 Ryder Cup singles at Celtic Manor.

“I’ll try to do the normal stuff. I’ve got my two kids here and my wife, so just try to stay in the house and cook in, and like I said, I probably won’t be watching a lot of Golf Channel or stuff. Just trying to stay away from all that and try to get as much sleep as I can and try to be ready.”

Oosthuizen, who has struggled with injury since his Open triumph at St Andrews, joined Mickelson on eight under on the 17th but a wayward approach into the crowd handed it back on 18.


Image of Wayne Grady Wayne Grady Golf Analyst, BBC Sport

Hanson played magnificently – every tee shot, he was picking up the tee straight away and his iron play was spectacular. He was very much in control but there’s a difference between having a low round and taking the lead into the final round. He’ll have a sleepless night tonight. He will be playing with Phil Mickelson, a three-time champion, but the expectation Phil has on himself is pressure itself, while Oosthuizen is just sitting back there.

Four-time champion Woods, who apologised for Friday’s club-throwing and kicking histrionics after struggling with his swing, looked briefly back on track and set to make a charge similar to his final-day assault last year.

He fired birdies at the par-four third and the short fourth but soon dropped a shot at the par-three sixth courtesy of a three putt and again at the par-five eighth and was unable to take advantage of any of the holes coming in.

“It’s so frustrating because I am so close to putting it together,” said the former world number one. “I unfortunately did not play the par fives very well. I just didn’t take care of the opportunities when I had them.

“I would just hit a couple of good shots in a row and compound the problem with a bad shot in the wrong spot.”

McIlroy began the day one back and looking to atone for a final-round 80 last year, but he went out in 42.

The 22-year-old and playing partner Sergio Garcia, who shot 75 to end one under, acknowledged their shared struggles with a hug on the 12th green after both making their first birdies of the round.

“It was a congratulatory hug,” said McIlroy. “We couldn’t feed off each other’s good energy because there wasn’t any,” added Garcia. “Our bad holes were really bad and our good holes were bad.”

Westwood, who was second to Mickelson in 2010, birdied the second to edge to five under for a share of the lead but dropped back to two under after 13 before clawing his wasy back into a tie for sixth with birdies at 14 and 15.

Hanson and Mickelson will go out in the final group at 1440 (1940 BST) on Sunday as the 76th Masters nears its conclusion.

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Padraig Harrington
 Harrington ends round on high

BJCC Golf and Country Club News

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BJCC management fiasco: ‘Outsourcing not the fair way’, a walking game must use buggy; Wants 10 to face the music!

Golfers pleads Guan Eng to intervene

Bukit Jambul Country Club fiasco

Golfers Protest over new Buggy Rule

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Police Report_BJCC :

Thugs & Secuirty Guards used to guard BJCC’s fairway

The Star Feb 1 & 3

Club managing director Datuk Eiro Sakamoto said the upgrade includes the purchase of additional 60 electric buggies for hire at a fee to “make more money”!

Golfers speak out against buggy ruling

Dutuk  Dr Chatar Singh 82, a member since 1984, said the ruling was not suitable due to the club’s structure. “The design was meant to enable  golfers to walk around the course as the parking lot (for the buggy) is a distance away”

Member Tony Lim said the management also increased the buggy rental rates from RM22 to RM37 for the first nine holes. He added that using a buggy to play golf was pointless because the golfers enjoyed walking. 

Bayan Baru Barisan co-ordinator Por Joo Tee said that decision made should be a balance between profitability and corporate social responsibility. “I will write to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, who is also Penang Development Corporation (PDC) chaiman, to look into the matter,” he said when met at the club’s on Wednesday. 

Japanese firm Taiyo Resort (KL) Bhd took over the club’s management in 2010 and signed a leasing agreement with PDC and Island Golf Properties Bhd.

However, even at St Andrews members can still walk!

 USGA Declares War on Riding!

A serious campaign to increase the number of golfers who walk is now underway by the United States Golf Association. The Golf Journal, official publication of the sport’s ruling body, launched a dramatic appeal headlined “Declare Yourself a Walker.”

Taking aim squarely against “the myths of golf cars,” David Fay, USGA’s Executive Director boldly states “We strongly believe that walking is the most enjoyable way to play golf and that the use of carts is detrimental to the game. This negative trend needs to be stopped now before it becomes accepted that riding in a cart is the way to play golf.”

The pronouncement is strong and specific, castigating those courses that have jumped on the riding bandwagon. While pointing out that the majority of U.S. courses have no policy requiring mandatory use of carts, USGA targets the more than 1000 places that do.

Returning golf back to its original nature is the century old organization’s justification for its new campaign. Putting its money where its mouth is, USGA is publishing its “Call to Arms” –an informative booklet, distributed free to the public. Titled A Call to Feet: Golf is a Walking Game, the detailed free booklet is available simply by calling USGA headquarters in Far Hills, N.J. at (908) 234-2300.

For years, individuals have been invited to become USGA members. Now, such golfers are asked to make a more serious commitment. The announcement requests that members sign and mail in the USGA Walking Member Declaration. Its text reads:

“. . .By signing this, I hereby give my oath that I will never ride in a golf cart for a round of golf unless it is forced upon me or I develop a physical condition which necessitates the use of a cart. Whenever given a choice, I will always walk.”

Members then receive a bright yellow bag tag, emblazoned with USGA’s logo, identifying the person as a Walking Member and bearing the full text of the Declaration oath.

By tradition, the USGA’s leadership has stood above commercial interests, resisting pressures to pervert the spirit and heritage of the sport. Doubtless there are people who, despite logic and evidence to the contrary, still will argue that riding is inherently faster than walking–or that rental revenue is essential to golf clubs and courses. Numerous examples kibosh these assertions, according to the USGA which has conducted many studies and thorough investigations.

For example, Pinehurst Resort and Country Club is cited, where walking and carrying your own bag is optional now on four of the property’s seven courses–1,3,4, and 5. (Walking’s still allowed on the famed Number 2 course but only with a caddie.) “It’s not slowing down play at all, and the courses are still packed. Granted, the policy hasn’t been in effect all that long, but I haven’t heard one negative comment yet.”

This trend toward providing players the opportunity to walk is expected to accelerate, as a result of USGA’s walking campaign. We encourage advocates of walking golf to pledge your oath and promote the USGA’s Walking Members Declaration!


Dear BJCC Members: 

It has been brought to our attention that several unwarranted, foul-language statements/words had been sent out to people outside our members. Such are unacceptable and unwelcomed. We won’t tolerate any of these.

Members understand that the platform be used to share our views and opinions. I have kept reminding everyone that we are members of a reputable club and all of us needs to try and maintain certain decorum when we wish to express certain disagreements and dissatisfaction. It is impossible to have a state where views and interpretations won’t differ.

I am making a plea to all members to refrain from making any personal attacks, threatening or otherwise to people in our state government or to members of our club.

Thank you for your support and co-operation

Best Regards,
Stanley Park Feb 6, 2012

1. Liaison Council (LC) will be meeting with Dato Sakamoto on Thursday, 19 Jan 2012. We have on our agenda for discussion pertinent issues affecting members of BJCC. 

2. There has been requests that the LC have a session to meet and inform members on the outcome of the meeting and actions initiated by the LC to date. And we are happy to inform you that we have arranged to  hold this session on Friday, 20 Jan 2012 at 8pm at the coffee terrace.

Letters to BJ UT 0112


(1) Revised Sequence of Play

The management has informed that members will be playing  a new sequence of 9 holes golf, a combination of 4 old and 5 new holes effective from Saturday, January 1, 2012.

The sequence of play is: Holes # 10, 11, 12, 13 then followed by Holes # 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9.  In other words, Holes # 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18 be replaced by Holes # 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9 .

  1. Players must play the 9 holes in sequence, no skipping of hole is allowed.
  2. Tee-off time is 7.00am. Teeing off before 7.00am is strictly not allowed. Players must start from the 10th tee. They shall not commence play from any other holes.
  3. Buggies are allowed to go onto fairways unless management announced otherwise.

 The above course control is being implemented during this interim period until the renovation of all the 1st Nine Hole is ready for play.

Disciplinary action will be taken against any players who infringe any of the local rules and regulations above.

 (2) With effect from February 1, 2012, the 1st Nine Holes will be opened for play

  1. Golf Registration counter will open at 7:00am daily.
  2. Tee off time is 7:30am daily. Players must commence play from 1st Tee and not from any other holes.
  3. Buggy is compulsory for all players, not for free but at a fee ranging from RM37.10 to RM95.40 with 6% Govt Tax, depending players are members, guests/visitors, playing 9 holes or 18 holes.
  4. Caddy Fee –  Monday~Friday RM35.00 + 6% Govt. Tax (RM47.70); Sat, Sun. & Public Holidays: RM50.
  5. Walking Golfers are allowed to play from Monday to Thursday. The tee off time is 5:00pm. Players are required to register themselves personally and to collect their starter chits. Booking can be made from 4:30pm onwards on these days (Monday to Thursday except on Public Holidays)

 (3) To cut cost effective from Monday, January 9, 2012, service at golfers’ changing rooms (shower toilet) shall be closed at 8:30pm daily instead of 10:00pm normally due to few golfers using them

Members and guests who want to use shower and toilet facilities may go the swimming pool complex.

Notes: Interesting news:  

Golf courses targeted for re-development – Too valuable for golf?


C….O….N…..G….R…..A..…T……U…..L…..A……T…….I……O……N……S !!!!
TOGETHER….WE…. DID….. IT…….a clean sweep with all 8 LC nominees automatically elected  in en bloc!!

And get this, a record no of attendees……………100 !!!
And top this, a record no of
proxies collected ….. 361 !!!

Yup, obviously nobody expected the unprecedented attendance, because the administrators had to keep adding chairs for the members turning up! 79 is the no from the attendance register, but it sure looked like more than that in the ballroom!
What can we say? THANK YOU ALL!! Thank you ALL for a job well done – the FUGs and the non FUGs! This would not have happened or been possible if not for everybody’s support, encouragement, contribution and hard work in the last 11 months!

This victory belongs to all of you – those who were with us right from the start when the FUG club and the Protem came to be, those who came along in the months following and joined in to lend their support and encouragement, those who gave us their proxies, those who went all out to help us obtain and collect the proxies, those who turned up for the AGM, even those who for good reasons wanted to but were not able to attend.

Some had company dinners (year end nearing la), some had wedding dinners (it’s the “marrying” month and season), some had family commitments, some were not well (we hope this good news makes you feel much better, do take care!), some had prior commitments…whatever it was, we know you wanted to be there and some little part of your mind was thinking how the AGM went and what was the outcome right? Well, it’s the  thought that counts, so thank you too!

So for those who were not there, i’ll just give you a running commentary on what transpired (or did not transpire, depending on how you look at it)!

From as early as before 7.30pm, members were already registering and streaming in to the ballroom. Mr Yap, Chairman of the LC and some of his committee members were there. BUT, come 8.00pm, there was no sight nor sound of the Trustee, nor Dato Sakamoto or anyone from the IGPB board. How could this be??

How can the Trustee call for the AGM and NOT be there to convene the AGM ? How can the management not have the courtesy to show up when  they were invited? 

Well, judging from their nonchalant response to members’ woes and their lacklustre interest in their duties, trust the Trustee to conjure up a no show! Then we were told that word was received the Trustee was sending a representative, who was on the way – from KL !! Even some members of the presiding LC were late in turning up – amongst them Dato Boonler and the Hon Sec, Ms Joyce Wong!

So the LC Chairman had to take over, convene and call the meeting to order as the quorum of members present was met. Mr Yap duly started the ball rolling, going straight to the 1st item of the Agenda, appointment of Chairman for the meeting. The floor proposed Mr Lim Chien Aun (son of the late Tun Dr Lim Chong Eu), who took the Chair for the AGM.  Still no show by the Trustee’s rep, then word came that they were still on their way, but had also lost their way! Oh dear…what a circus..what a mess! But at least it accorded all present a good laugh!

The meeting proceeded as per the agenda, with debates on irregularities like LC’s report and accounts not being sent with the notice of AGM, no details of accounting items in the balance sheets of the financial report, etc, etc. And of course Boonler questioning on the election process of the Protem etc, with the floor resoundingly defending and countering him in unison! BRAVO, guys and gals, we did good there! I think he didn’t reckon on us all being so “UHU” – you know, cohesive!

As there was no contest, all 8 nominees were automatically elected in to form the new LC. Then the Trustee’s reps arrived …FINALLY! Only to be soundly and rightly censured by Mr Khaw for not even having the courtesy to apologise to the meeting for their tardiness, and non attention to duties like pre-circulation of submitted resolutions to members, even the proxy forms submitted were still in the “lock-up”! Those 2 poor guys from KL – they were really sent to the slaughter house by the Trustee! So we had a 30 mins break to partake of the snacks and drinks served to give time for the resolutions to be photocopied for distribution, and the proxies to be “released” and counted! This ever happened before in previous AGMs?

Anyway, to cut a long story short, after the break the Chairman Mr Lim invited the newly elected LC members to the front, and the outgoing LC stepped down. Noted that only Mr Yap stayed on whilst the others went off after a vote of thanks to them was recorded.

Resolutions were presented and healthily debated, and at the end all 5 resolutions were adopted, either by poll vote or show of hands. The AGM was officially adjourned just before 11.00pm.

The culmination of 11 months of hard work and dogged persistence by the FUGs and the members. WHEW!!

But winning is just the beginning and the start, the more difficult part of the long road and journey is getting down to work and doing the best we can to justify your faith in us! For that, we call on your continued unwavering (can i say undying?) support as we’ve witnessed in the past 11 months. May i reiterate on behalf of the new LC that we sincerely continue to welcome your comments, suggestions, feedback, and even criticism if forthcoming, to help us in carrying out our duties. As we announced at the AGM, we intend to continue reaching out to members through this email and hope to widen our reach by having members voluntarily signing up to be included in the mailing list.

The new LC will convene to elect the office bearers amongst other matters,  and we shall accordingly notify you when this is done.

So till then, we thank you ALL again for a fantastic turn out and a record breaking feat of more than 300 proxies obtained.


Thank you, and regards,

Guat Lian for the LC

BJCC to hasten upgrade Golf club aims to finish renovationby next year

By DAVID TAN  Photos by K.T. GOH Wednesday June 29, 2011

Tedious job: Workers making sure the grasses are well maintained at the scenic Bukit Jambul Country Club golf course.

TAIYO Resort (KL) Bhd is targeting the upgrading works at the Bukit Jambul Country Club (BJCC) golf course to be completed in 2012, a year before the scheduled completion.

Taiyo managing director Datuk Eiro Sakamoto said that the first nine holes of the 18-hole golf course was now 60% completed.

“The other 40% is scheduled for completion by end of the year.

“So far, we have completed replacing the grass at the putting greens with imported TifEagle grass.

“We have also completed the trenches on the fairway, which is topped up with sand to improve the drainage system of the golf course,” he said in an interview.

Sakamoto said the cow grass for the fairway was expected to be replaced with Bermuda grass by end of the year.

Looking ahead: Sakamoto (left) and BJCC general manager Jansen Loh inspecting the upgrading works at the golf course.

“We will start upgrading the second nine holes next year and this will take 12 months to complete,” he added.

Sakamoto said the renovation of the golf course would turn it into a buggy-course.

“The buggies are now restricted on only the buggy track.

“Once the renovation is done for the first nine holes, new buggies will be brought in to service the golfers, bringing them to the fairway,” Sakamoto said.

He also said Taiyo would spend about RM3mil to buy 110 new buggies.

He said renovation work for the clubhouse would start in July.

Lovely green: Work on the first nine holes of the 18-hole BJCC course is now 60% completed.

The renovation, which should be ready by December 2011, will see a restaurant serving Japanese, Chinese, and local cuisine, a terrace coffee-house and new changing rooms.

Sakamoto said the upgrading work for the 18-hole golf course is around RM6mil, while the clubhouse renovation would cost another RM3mil.

Taiyo is also allocating about RM30mil to maintain the golf course and the clubhouse for the next 10 years.

“We understand the importance of the club to attract overseas golfers to Penang and its role in promoting tourism,” he said.

Last November, Taiyo signed an agreement with Penang Development Corporation (PDC) and Island Golf Properties Bhd (IGP), a subsidiary of PDC, to undertake the management and operation of BJCC for 20 years.

A hazard: A worker trimming the grasses near a sandtrap.

Under the agreement, Taiyo will complete the upgrading works of the golf course by 2013.

“The name Bukit Jambul Country Club is expected to be changed officially to Penang Golf & Country Club soon,” Sakamoto said.

PDC general manager Datuk Rosli Jaafar said Taiyo should be given time to complete the upgrading works by 2013, according to the agreement.

BJCC liaison committee chairman Datuk Boonler Somchit said following a discussion by the liaison council and the management on May 26 regarding the poor maintenance of the second nine holes of the golf-course, Sakamoto agreed to take immediate action to improve conditions.

“Sakamoto also reassured that the renovation deadline of the first nine holes will be met by December this year,” he said.

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