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North Korea tensions hit Ballantine's golf event

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South Korea's flagship golf event tees off under a cloud Thursday after fears of an attack by nuclear-armed North Korea depleted the field and forced organisers to seek advice on safety. 

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen is pictured during the Masters tournament in Augusta, Georgia on April 12, 2013. "I think something drastically needed to go wrong for me not to come. And I am glad I came," Oosthuizen said of the Ballantine's Championship.

The $2.8 million Ballantine's Championship is the golf-crazy country's only European Tour tournament but the competition was rocked this week by the withdrawal of US stars Zach Johnson and Dustin Johnson over "perceived unrest".

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