Thailand Open postponed

Security personnel for popular anti-government firebrand Suthep Thaugsuban (not pictured) forms a cordon during a protest march in central Bangkok January 23, 2014. The government has declared a 60-day state of emergency from Wednesday.

Organisers of the Thailand Open have decided to postpone this year's tournament due to the state of emergency declared in Bangkok.

The US$1-million (S$1.27 million) tournament had been scheduled to take place from March 13 to 16 at Thana City Golf & Sports Club but will be moved to a more suitable date later in the year.

"We want to ensure the environment is stable in order to stage our world class tournament and national Open," said Rungsrid Luxsitanonda, president, Thailand Golf Association.

"There is just six weeks to go before the tournament, so it would be unwise to proceed with the current date."

The Thailand Open is jointly sanctioned by OneAsia and the Japan Golf Tour Organisation (JGTO) and was to be the season-opening event for both Tours.

"It was unanimously agreed by all relevant parties to postpone the championship. This is in the best interests of the players, spectators, sponsors, sanctioning bodies and officials," said Patrick Feizal Joyce, vice president, Golf, World Sport Group, the event promoter.

"We will work with the TGA, the JGTO, OneAsia and Thana City to determine a new date in 2014."

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