26
Nov
08

Land Mines Ruin Everyone’s Day


It’s a Saturday, and all you want to do is be out of the house and get away from the wife and kids, play a nice 18 holes and enjoy yourself. So you’re walking along the 13th hole, you just hit a nice 6 iron and you’re lying in the middle of the fairway, life is good. You walk over to your ball and BOOOOOM! Land mine.

In the Japanese southern prefecture of Kochi, this exact situation could take place. The Casio World Open men’s tournament is supposed to begin this week but on Tuesday a Kochi newspaper received an anonymous call claiming that there were land mines buried on the course and insisting the event be canceled. Since last week a grenade was detonated outside the clubhouse and also by the warehouse of one of the event’s sponsors, organizers and police are taking the threat seriously. “We have announced today that the event will go ahead as scheduled, but we are making sure that heavy security is in place,” said Chieko Hataguchi, spokeswoman for the the Japan Golf Tour Organization.

What the hell is going on in Japan? This is something I definitely expect out of Americans, hell, I wouldn’t put it past the Germans either, but really? Grenades? In Japan? What happened, did this guy’s Casio watch just totally crap out one day and he missed some important job interview and now he can’t let go?


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