The European Tour’s path to Dubai will make a stop at the Turkish Airlines Open in November at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Course in Belek, Turkey. If that name sounds familiar, it’s because the course was designed by Scottish golf legend Colin Montgomerie and his team.
The Maxx Royal hotel is nothing but suites overlooking the Belek coast, featuring a host of food and spirits options. Fourteen bars, eight restaurants (two of which cater specifically to children) and a patisserie mean attendees can eat whatever they wish. Each restaurant is unique, so if you are attending, be sure to give yourself an extra day or two at the tournament to be able to sample each one. Entertainment at the resort includes activities for the grown-ups, as well as fun areas for the kids.
The Turkish Airlines Open, to be held 13-16 November, 2014, is put on by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and features such heavy hitting sponsors as Titleist, BMW, Rolex, and Club Car. Luxurious accommodations, fine dining, and world-class golf on one of the loveliest courses anywhere – it’s no wonder this event is so widely anticipated.
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.
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.
The Turkish Airlines Open has once again drawn to a thrilling close, with the final taking place on the 1st November 2015. This year’s event took place at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Antalya, Turkey. As usually, the conditions were perfect for the players to be able to show off their skills, and many brilliant golfers stepped up to the challenge.
Going into the final day, the top three positions were made up of Frenchman Victor Dubuisson and South African Jaco Van Zyl (tied on 16 under par), Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy and Thailand’s Kiradech Aphibarnrat (tied on 15 under par) and Korean Byeong-hun An and Britain’s Chris Wood (both on 13-under par). Van Zyl had maintained his strong position after shooting a sensational 61 on the first day, but Dubuisson had managed to hunt him down in the latter half of day 3, holing 4 birdies in the last 6 holes.
If this year's British Open has taught the golf community anything, it is that the finest amateurs in the world deserve the opportunity to compete with the big boys. An unprecedented number of amateurs made the cut this year, beating out some of the more famous competitors, such as Tiger Woods. Despite the fact that these player are not regular faces on the world circuit, they were still able to give some of golf's greats a run for their money.
Up until the beginning of the fourth round, it actually looked as though one of the amateurs, Paul Dunne, could end up winning the Claret Jug. At the end of the third round, he was tied for first place after completing three spectacular rounds. Dunne was actually the first amatuer to be in the lead of the British Open after the third round since the 1920s. Unfortunately, a 78 on his final round ruined any hope he had of taking home the Gold Medal, or even the Silver Medal.
This year's Silver Medal winner was eventually awarded to 21 year old American, Jordan Niebrugge, who finished tied for 6th position in the overall (amateurs and professionals) rankings. He is also honoured to be able to say that he was able to equal the amatuer course record of 67, which was set by Joe Carr in 1960. 67 was one of the lowest scoring rounds of the tournament, even when the professionals were taken into account.
The British Open got underway at St Andrews last week, as some of golf’s leading stars (and home grown hopefuls) descended on the quiet Scottish town. The town, which is widely known as the Home of Golf, is a favourite amongst many players and fans, because it always promises to offer up some exciting golf. Unfortunately, the town is also known for its temperamental weather, and despite it being the height of summer, rain stopped play on Friday as the course was deluged by torrential rain showers. Play was postponed for 3 hours 14 minutes as officials waited for the rain to stop and then subsequently attempt to clear the course of standing water.
Because of the inclement weather, 42 players were expected to complete their second round on Saturday morning, rather than Friday. However, Saturday’s weather was also less than ideal conditions for golf. Early morning analysis by the R & A team deemed that the course was playable, however increasing wind speeds soon forced another suspension of play, as the wind began to interfere with balls as they lay. Conclusion of the second round did not restart until 6pm, with officials deciding to postpone all third round golf until Sunday. Despite finishing over 24 hours behind schedule, first round leader Dustin Johnson was able to retain his lead, coming home with a one shot advantage over Englishman Danny Willett.
Last weekend’s US Open threw up a lot of surprises for golf fans, many of whom were expecting to see holder Rory McIlroy retain the title. However, it was Jordan Spieth, who secured victory in the end, and continued his meteoric rise up the world rankings. Taking his second Major title this year, Spieth managed to secure his position as one of golf’s biggest stars.
The decision to send the Open to relatively new, public course Chamber’s Bay was a very controversial one amongst certain golf writers, who believed that the decision was a political one, rather than one taken for the good of the game. Upon arrival, some players, including England’s Ian Poulter continued to express their dissatisfaction with the course, claiming that the greens were a “disgraceful surface” for golf. However, rival Geoff Ogilvy said that any flaws with the course actually added to the competition, because they gave competitors the chance to show that they had the “ability to adapt”.
This week saw the thrilling climax of the Turkish Airline Ladies Open playing out at the Carya Golf Club in Belek. Having led from the start, England’s Melissa Reid started her final round with a narrow 1 shot lead, and therefore there was still everything to play for in the final day of the competition.
Reid gained an early lead in the competition when she played the round of her life, coming home with a round of 8 under par. This round score was only matched by Scot Pamela Pretswell, who was also pleased to achieve the lowest round of her professional career, during the tournament’s second round. Her round 2 score of 65 meant coming into the last round, she stood in second place, as Reid’s closest competitor. Other challengers at the end of 3 rounds included Frenchwoman Gwladys Nocera, who had pulled off a spectacular eagle on the penultimate hole of round 1, and Scot Sally Watson, who also eagled on hole 6.
The excitement of the Ladies’ European Tour will be coming to Turkey for a May 2015 event to be held at the stunningly beautiful par 72 Carya Golf Club, considered to be one of the best golf courses in the world. Located in the beautiful Belek region of Turkey, this is a heathland-inspired course with fast greens and strategy required at every turn. Regnum Hotels will be housing everyone in comfort.
Carya was designed by Australian golfer Peter Thomson through his firm Thomson, Perrett, and Lobb Golf Course Architects. It is one of the very few courses playable at night, because it’s the only course with large floodlights in Europe, so no matter when the mood strikes, you can hit the links for 9 or a full 18.
This tournament, the seventh staging of the Turkish Ladies’ Open, is unique in that it will finish on a Wednesday instead of Sunday. The hope is that by going to a unique day on the calendar, more viewers will be able to tune in and check out the thrill of ladies’ golf. It’s also at a prime time of year, 17 – 20 May.
Broadcasting the event live will be Sky Sport in the UK and the Golf Channel in the US, with the ability for fans in over 50 countries to watch. We are very excited to be hosting this tournament each year
Ivan Khodabahksh, CEO of the Ladies’ European Tour, wanted to make the move to give a chance for more viewers and win more fans. Thanks to reduced TV competition, it benefits busy viewers. Since the tour runs year-round, fans can then watch whenever they wish.
The purse is an astounding €500,000, double the prize for the 2014 tournament. It’s an appropriate prize for the course, a challenging adventure. Then once the day’s activities are done, Regnum will welcome everyone into their relaxing rooms, spa, and fine restaurants.
The European Solheim Cup captains will also be scouting the tournament, looking for players for the team. Think of the Solheim as the ladies’ equivalent to the Ryder Cup in men’s golf. Making this even more important is the return of golf to the 2016 Rio Olympics, so the best players can showcase their skills before the world stage.
The 2016 tournament will head to the National Golf Club, with the tournament alternating between the two clubs in subsequent years. The goal is to keep expanding the fan base thanks to that alternating, and to attract the best players in all the world.