16 October 2009

Scott overcomes Chinese Visa difficulty to carve lead in golf tournament

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Australian golfer Craig Scott arrived in China travel weary after a Chinese Visa and passport fiasco, but still able to dominate the leader board at the Midea China Classic golf tournament.

Scott arrived late in Shunde, south of Guangzhou, too late to practice on the course before the $500,000 OneAsia event after problems at the airport due to a ripped passport.

"I turned up at Melbourne airport on Saturday, but had a little tear in my passport so it was confiscated along with my Chinese visa," the 26-year-old said.

"I got a new passport by Monday afternoon, but the Chinese embassy was closed by then. I went to the embassy on Tuesday morning, but they couldn't issue a same-day visa, so I booked a flight to Hong Kong that night and got a visa there on Wednesday."

After arriving in Hong Kong and obtaining a Chinese visa it was a long bus ride for Scott before he arrived in Shunde at 5.30 pm, quickly driving to the course in a buggy.

Scott said he had never missed playing a practice round before, but appears to still be performing on the course well despite the difficulties.

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