The European Tour Heads to Dubai via the Turkish Airlines Open
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.
Last November’s tournament featured spectacular play by Victor Dubuisson, who won his first event in 72 starts and earned more points than he had ever earned before. He flat out dominated the event, leading by five shots going into the final round of the tournament, the first European Tour event held in Turkey. He even beat out Tiger Woods, who is expected to return for this year’s event.
That win moved Dubuisson into the ranks of the top 100 golfers in the world, a rarity for the French team, and making him only the fourth French player to win in 2013 with the 30th win for the French ever in the European Tour. He gained a two-year European Tour exemption, and a space in the 2014 Volvo Golf Champions event.
Back for a second year at the Montgomerie Maxx, this year’s Turkish Airlines Open event should be spectacular. And with a purse totaling $7 million, it is certain to attract some of the best golfers in the world again.
The Race to Dubai is a season-long event, taking place in 26 countries across five continents at over 49 tournaments. Ranging from South Africa all the way up to China and around the world, this is the pinnacle of the golf season.