Like playing a round of golf doesn't already have enough obstacles, it just got a lot tougher to do so in Japan.
According to a report from the Casio World Open -- the Japan Golf Tour event that Michelle Wie attended in both 2005 and 2006 -- a caller phoned in a threat of buried mines around the venue, which was then followed by some small explosions that knocked out some windows in the clubhouse and in the corporate sponsor building.
Police said they will deploy around 160 officers at the Kuroshio Country Club, where the four-day Japan Golf Tour event will kick off Thursday. They will also guard hotels where players will stay for the tournament about 390 miles southwest of Tokyo.
The police deployment will begin on Wednesday after an anonymous caller told a local newspaper Tuesday and said he had buried mines at the tournament venue.
I have to say, the Japanese must be a little bit more resilient (or deal with more crazies) than us Americans, because I can pretty much guarantee that if a PGA Tour event had a bomb threat called in, which was then followed by some explosions at the host site, there is no way they're playing golf that week. The only advantage we'd have is if something was detonated during Tiger Woods' back swing, then caddie Steve Williams would probably sniff the guy out and break his detonator.
Nothing has been reported on the bomber, but it was reported that the caller wanted the tournament canceled. With the onslaught of police officers at Kuroshio Country Club, it appears that tour officials believe the show must go on.
Japan's Casio Open Hit With Bomb Threats, Small Explosions originally appeared on Golf FanHouse on Tue, 25 Nov 2008 12:11:00 EST . Please see our terms for use of feeds.