Posted on 11 October 2012
It’s all go in the Turkish golf scene this week. Not only did Tiger Woods make the headlines for all the wrong reasons in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, but the first official Turkish Golf Open as part of the European PGA Tour was also announced.
The new tournament will become the penultimate event on the European Tour schedule.
Ahmet Agaoglu, President of the Turkish Golf Federation said, “I am honoured to announce that starting from 7th November next year the first European Tour PGA event will take place in Turkey for three years up to and including 2015. There has never been a Turkish Open, and this will be an exciting start for this new tournament and it is our hope too that the players competing in this week’s Turkish Airlines World Golf Final will compete”.
Andrew Chandler, head of the UK-based International Sports Management (ISM), will run the tournament with Turkey.
He said, “this new Turkish Open will now tick a lot of boxes and with Turkey and Istanbul as a contender for the 2020 Olympic Games, this staging of the Turkish Open will help in that regard”.
The other story was of Tiger Woods defeat by one point against Charl Schwartzel in his first match at the Turkish Airlines championship. The tournament has brought 8 of the world’s top players together in Turkey to compete for a $1.5 million prize.
The tournament is being held at the Antalya Golf Club, one of the many great courses in Belek, which has made Belek property among the most popular in Turkey, particulartly with golf lovers and enthusiasts.