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Six-foot python brings play to a halt at the CIMB classic

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Golfers at the CIMB classic PGA tour event in Malaysia had to overcome more than just a tricky pin or two during play at the competition on Friday.

Tropical weather at this time of year, in that part of world means that the odd sand bunker or pond on the course are not the only hazards that the golfers had to contend with.

Play was brought to a halt during the match when a huge six-foot long python made it's way onto one of the greens at the Klang Valley resort in Kuala Lumpur.

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Two players had to wait to take their shots while two incredibly 'brave' groundsmen made their way onto the green to remove the none venomous - yet still very frightening - beast from the course to allow play to continue.

With the snake detained in a plastic bag, the heroes of the day then took their captive away from the course and released it back into the wild at a suitable location a short time later. The snake was not harmed in the process.

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The CIMB classic made it's debut in 2010 at The Mines Resort & Golf Club in Mines Wellness City, before moving on to the west course of the Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club in 2013.

The event gained official PGA status in 2013, and since has moved again to its current location.

With a purse of $7 million (£5.7 million) - one the highest in East Asia - there is a huge incentive among the golfers to play and win at the event. The winner's share of the purse is a staggering $1.26 million (£1.03 million).

American golfer Justin Thomas of Louisville, Kentucky, is the defending champion after finishing the 2015 edition of the event with a tournament record score of 262 at -26. He is also currently leading this year's event at the midway stage, on a score of 66 at six-under.

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Australian Adam Scott finished as runner-up last year, placing behind Thomas by just one shot.

Thomas said: "The thing about this course, you can go shoot 12- or 13-under in a day so hopefully I can get it going a little bit this weekend like I did last year."

After hitting a double-bogey at the final hole on Friday - a play that saw him drop to second, two shots behind leader Thomas - Indian pro Anirban Lahiri told interviewers: "Both yesterday and today I've played good - I think I played solid right through."

He added: "It's just very disappointing to finish the way I did. Both days I think I left four or five shots out there coming in. I would have liked to be in a better position the way I've played, but it's not over yet."

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