Frances Levet Gets Increased Security

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PGA Tour (75x100)PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Two federal agents and a police officer provided French golfer Thomas Levet increased security at the Honda Classic, protecting him against possible threats.
 
Levet didn't ask for protection, but PGA Tour officials afforded him added security because a few fans shouted insults at him during last Saturday's third round of the Ford Championship in Miami.
 
Levet, ThomasFrance, Russia and Germany have led opposition to military action against Iraq and blocked President's Bush attempt to set a deadline for Saddam Hussein to disarm or face war.
 
'They were saying things I didn't quite catch, but it wasn't funny,' Levet told The Palm Beach Post. 'It was insulting.'
 
Security officials advised Levet to not respond to hecklers at the Honda Classic. In Miami, he countered the antagonists with a sarcastic clap.
 
Even though Levet is French, the Paris-born golfer was listed on the pairing sheet as playing out of England, where he has a home. But on the first tee Thursday and Friday, he was introduced as 'Thomas Levet of France.'
 
'There was no problem at all,' Levet said.
 
Levet followed an opening 3-under 69 with an even-par 72 Friday, missing the 6 under cut by three strokes.
 
Tour officials had planned to provide the three-person security team throughout the tournament.
 
Wearing ordinary clothing, the police officer and the federal agents blended into the crowd - even though they walked inside the ropes.