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Yesterday's one-day charity golf tournament in honour of His Majesty the King was a great success.
Tiger Woods returns to his mother’s home country for the first time since 2000. SOMCHAI POOMLARD
A big day of golf
Thongchai entertains a huge gallery who were quick to show their appreciation. SOMCHAI POOMLARD
The organisers must be pleased. Yesterday's one-day charity golf tournament in honour of His Majesty the King and featuring three top-quality international players plus Thailand's own Thongchai Jaidee was a great success.
The big attraction, of course, was Tiger Woods who returned to his mother's homeland for the first time in 10 years. After all the troubles he has had in the past year, he was clearly delighted to be here in a super-friendly environment.
‘‘The fans were just brilliant,’’ Tiger said later after the match. ‘‘In Thailand I feel like I’m coming home.’’
For Tiger and Thongchai the day began early as they went to Siriraj hospital yesterday morning to sign a get-well book for His Majesty.
The 34-year-old American wrote the Thai words ‘‘Song Phra Charoen’’ (Long Live the King) in the book.
He also inquired after His Majesty’s condition.
Thongchai and Tiger then paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva at Government House.
Camilo Villegas holds his trophy after winning. SOMCHAI POOMLARD
The match itself was a low-pressure competition with all the money going to charity. Thongchai and Tiger were joined by England’s Paul Casey and Columbia’s Camilo Villegas.
About 10,000 people flocked to the Amata Spring course in Chonburi as the four gave the fans an entertaining display which ended with a chip-off at the final hole won by Villegas.
There was definitely a feel-good factor in the air as the four pros entertained the huge gallery who were quick to show their appreciation. There were fat fans, thin fans, tall fans and small fans and they all enjoyed a great day in honour of His Majesty the King.
There was plenty of banter amongst the golfers the entire round. The big grins of the four players as they walked off the greens chatting and joking amidst high fives and fist bumps, said it all — they were enjoying their day in the Land of Smiles.
Adapted from stories by Kittipong Thongsombat and Roger Crutchley in today's Bangkok Post.
pleased – happy and satisfied พอใจ
charity – involving giving money or help to people who are poor or ill, or who need support การกุศล
feature – to include someone or something as an important part ทำให้เด่น
attraction – a reason for liking something or for being interested in it สิ่งจูงใจ, สิ่งดึงดูดใจ
delighted – very happy or satisfied about something สุขใจ, ยินดีมาก
brilliant – very impressive, skilful or successful ยอดเยี่ยม
inquire – to ask someone for information about something ถามถึง, สอบถาม
condition – the physical state of a person or animal, especially how healthy they are อาการ, สุขภาพ
courtesy call – a polite visit that is not officially required; a visit that shows respect for someone การเข้าพบเพื่อแสดงความเคารพ
pressure – a worried feeling that you get when you have to deal with a difficult or complicated situation ความกดดัน
flock – to go someone in large numbers; to gather together in large numbers แห่กันไป
display – a performance that is intended to entertain people การแสดง
chip-off – a one-hole competition in which players try to chip the ball closest to the hole
factor – a situation which influences the result of something ปัจจัย
gallery – a group of people watching something; spectators คนดู, ผู้ชม
appreciation – pleasure in understanding something that is good or beautiful ความชอบ, ความชื่นชอบ, ความชื่นชม
banter – friendly conversation in which people tell jokes and laugh at each other การล้อ,การล้อเล่น,การหยอกเย้า
grin – to smile showing your teeth ยิ้มยิงฟัน, ยิงฟันยิ้ม
high five – the action of holding your hand up and hitting your palm flat against that of another person, when you meet them or as a way of congratulating them
fist – your hand when your fingers are closed tightly กำปั้น, หมัด
fist bump – to hit your fist against that of another person as a way of congratulating them