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Australian PGA Moving Jeff The Dinosaur

27/02/2013 16:33 GMT

Jeff the Dinosaur was made Jurassic - again - after the Australian PGA moved the mascot on from the Palmer Coolum resort near Brisbane.

At eight metres high and 20m long, robotic tyrannosaurus rex Jeff was an unmissable presence between the ninth and 10th holes.

He flips his tail and emits a vociferous roar, however his presence caused unrest amid concerns he was part of billionaire course-owner Clive Palmer’s plans to convert his resort into a theme park.

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Scott Laycock tees off from the 10th in December last year

The Australian PGA chief Brian Thorburn said: "We’d previously had feedback from a number of potential sponsors that they would be interested in key sponsorships if the tournament moved to a region with a larger population base.

"So we’ve now put the event in the best possible position to reach new heights in terms of entertainment value, prize money and commercial opportunities."