Els to Play in Thailand

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Ernie ElsErnie Els has confirmed he will defend his Johnnie Walker Classic title in Thailand early next year. Els won the 2003 event in Australia, but it will be played in Bangkok for the fifth time in its 13-year history in 2004.
 
Thailand's Sports and Tourism Minister Sonthaya Khumpluem said the event will not be affected by a new government policy which bans alcohol advertisements on TV during the day.
 
He said: 'This is a professional sporting event and the corporate image is fine, but there will be no spot advertisements [for alcohol] during the time the government has set.'
 
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