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In this Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 photo, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama hits the ball from the fairway of the 18th hole during the 2016 WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China. China's state-run Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 that the country has launched a renewed crackdown on golf, closing 111 courses in an effort to conserve water and land, and telling members of the ruling Communist Party to stay off the links. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
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  • In this Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016 photo, Japan's Hideki Matsuyama hits the ball from the fairway of the 18th hole during the 2016 WGC-HSBC Champions golf tournament at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, China. China's state-run Xinhua News Agency said Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 that the country has launched a renewed crackdown on golf, closing 111 courses in an effort to conserve water and land, and telling members of the ruling Communist Party to stay off the links. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

    China swings back at golf, shutting down 111 courses

    BEIJING (AP) — China has launched a renewed crackdown on golf, closing 111 courses in an effort to conserve water and land, and telling members of the ruling Communist Party to stay off the links. The state-run Xinhua News Agency said Sunday the courses were closed for improperly using groundwater, arable land or protected land […]