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A Hole-in-one Opening of Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort

Operating under the title of “Carya Golf Club” for many years, Öztürk Group of Companies has been a dynamic actor on the stage of golf tourism, and more recently their focus has been directed toward the construction of Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.

Funded by Öztürk Group and undertaken by Regnum Turkey, this resort aspires to be green and eco-friendly and has accomplished such: the structures of Regnum are environmentally efficient and sustainable in respect to energy and water efficiency, CO2 emission, interior quality, and resource management. Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort prides itself on their LEED Certification; but in its efficiency, the quality and comfort of the resort does not suffer in the slightest.

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Jason Day wins the World Match Play Championship

Jason Day won the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship after managing to keep a calm head during an incredible fight back from Frenchman Victor Dubuisson. Day was ahead by three shots after 12 holes but Dubuisson pulled off two excellent birdies and then capitalized on a Day error on the 18th.

The tournament was Day’s to lose and it seemed like he might just lose it when a combination of skill and luck helped Dubuisson pull off some truly unbelievable shots. Dubuisson twice saved par by hitting the ball through a series of native cacti and some non-native television cables. The path may as well have been clear though as the shots were as perfect as you could hope for. Jason Day merely laughed and took it in his stride. It was this calm and collected attitude that saw him win after 23 grueling holes.

Jason Day has moved into the No.4 position on the PGA table after this his first World Match Play win and his second PGA Tour title.

The tournament is a knockout five day, six match tournament that begins on a Wednesday. Prize money is official on the PGA Tour and this year totaled more than $8 million; Day taking home $1.53 million and Dubuisson earning $906,000.

In the semi finals, Day took out Rickie Fowler and Dubuisson beat Ernie Els. Third place was taken by Fowler in 19 holes.

The second place victory will see Dubuisson rise considerably in the rankings and should see him with a spot on the Ryder Cup team in September.

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A Californian Tale: Rickie Fowler at Riviera

This week, the PGA tour stops off at Riviera for it’s latest installment. The tournament takes place at Riviera Country Club. The Club is located in Pacific Palisades, California, a community within the city limits of Los Angeles and is home to a particularly picturesque course. The club is sandwiched between the bustling city and the beautiful beaches and is a great image of what it means to be Californian.

The tournament, previously sponsored by Nissan is not known as the Northern Trust Open. The tournament has seen some changes in recent years but it dates back in one form or another to 1926. It is played annually and has been sponsored by Northern Trust since 2008. The tournament remains a firm favorite among fans.

Californian Rickie Fowler is taking part in the tournament and is every bit the perfect example of California that the tournament itself is. Fowler was born and raised in Murrieta, California located just outside of Los Angeles in the Riverside County. Fowler is young, stylish, almost entirely self-taught and making waves on the PGA Tour.

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Golf and the Olympic Games

As the XXII Winter Olympic Games are scheduled to take place in Sochi, Russia from 7 to 23 February 2014, it is an ideal time to consider the involvement of the game of golf in past and future Olympic history.

Golf was featured in the Summer Olympic Games program in 1900 and 1904 and has not been featured since. The only countries to medal in golf are the United States of America, Canada and Great Britain. That is all set to change though with the 2009 decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reinstate the event for the 2016 Summer Olympics.

The tournament will be open to professional golfers and the International Golf Federation has proposed a 72-hole stroke play tournament format. The top 15 players based on IGF ranking would automatically be eligible and then the next 45 players representing countries that do not already have two representatives would fill the remaining spots.

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Stallings Takes out the Farmers Insurance Open

The Farmers Insurance Open concluded this week with American Scott Stallings taking the honors. Also known as the “West Coast Swing”, the PGA Tour tournament played in the early part of the PGA season each year is held at the Torrey Pines Golf Course in San Diego, California.

Sitting on coastal cliffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean, the course is one of the most picturesque on the tour and also one of the most challenging.  Torrey Pines has two 18-hole courses: North and South. The tournament makes use of both courses for the first two rounds and the South Course for the final two rounds.

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The Less Obvious Benefits of Playing a Round of Golf

Humana Challenge Tournament Executive Director, Bob Marra, recently said “We want to make this clearly the healthiest sports event in the world.” Inspired by the “well-being” ethos of the modern Humana Challenge, this week I thought I would examine some of the less obvious ways golf can benefit players, as well as having a look at the tournament itself.

Kapalua winner, Zach Johnson will be the highest ranked player at the tournament this year. Traditionally known for celebrity involvement, the tournament has largely done away with this feature. The tournament now consists of a traditional four round tournament, but played over three different courses.

The relaxing nature of the game of golf when compared to other sporting pursuits is undeniable. A lot of this can be attributed to two main factors, namely: the course environment and the relatively low strain of the activity.

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Zach Johnson the Giant Killer

Zach Johnson picked up his 11th win on the PGA Tour on Monday when he scored a 66 to win the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on a Plantation Course at Kapalua, Hawaii. Johnson finished the tournament with a one shot lead over Jordan Spieth, who led entering the final round. The win was Johnson’s third from his last six starts.

In December last year, Johnson also won the World Challenge in California. He finished that tournament ahead of Tiger Woods who, as discussed in a previous blog post, was one of the giants of 2013.

The real giant killing is not in the opposition that Johnson slays but in the way he beats his opponents. Perhaps the most interesting part of Johnson’s recent winning form is that rather than being a big hitter off the tee or in the fairways, it has been his shortest clubs that have been working the hardest for him. This was particularly surprising given the length of the fairways in Kapalua. Johnson was not driving the farthest but his tactics and accuracy when using wedges more than made up for this. The wind at Kapalua did benefit Johnson on a couple of the longer holes but it was his wedge that was in control of adjusting his sails.

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The Year That Was for Tiger Woods

2013 will be remembered as the year that saw Tiger Woods finally return to form after news of his infidelity broke in late 2009. His first win on the PGA Tour came in January 2013 at the Farmers Insurance Open. This was the seventh time Woods has taken the honors at the Open and the first since 2008.

After winning the Arnold Palmer invitational for an eighth time, Woods continued to quickly amass wins in the early part of the year. He moved back to the top of the world rankings. His season stalled somewhat when an elbow injury required that Woods take a break from the game. Though wins dried up in this period, it is worth noting that for the first time in a while, a physical problem rather than an issue with his mindset caused the interruption in his game.

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The latest edition of the Royal Trophy wrapped up yesterday with a European team, led by Jose Maria Olazabal, taking the honors. The tournament aims to mimic the success of the Ryder Cup by pitting Asia against Europe in a similar team tournament format.

Europe went into the final day needing a small miracle to claim the Trophy. The persistence of the away team paid off though as Asia struggled to maintain the form that had seen them go ahead on the previous day. Europe walked away with the trophy, winning by the slightest of margins, 8-7. After twice leading a European team to defeat in the tournament, Olazabal was exceptionally pleased (and perhaps relieved) by the performance of his team.

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