Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Harrington disrupted by laser wielding monkey


Padraig Harrington's preparations for a first tournament of the new year was spoilt when a monkey escaped with a laser gun as he practised for this week's Malaysian Open.

The Irish golfer was playing a practice round on the host Saujana course in Kuala Lumpur when one of the club's notorious monkeys scampered off with sophisticated technical equipment Harrington uses to pin-point yardages.

"One minute we had the range-finder on the tee box and the next thing it's nestling in the branches of a nearby tree," Harrington said.

Monkeys have long played havoc with golfers on the Malaysian course. Many members have returned to their golf cart to find such items as mobile phones, soft drinks and golf balls missing. For Harrington it was an unwelcome disruption after his break from competition of almost two months.

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