TURKISH AIRLINES OPEN PREVIEW
This week sees the European Tour head to Turkey for the Turkish Airlines Open, world number two Justin Rose returns to defend his title having narrowly missed out last week in the WGC-HSBC Champions.
2019’s edition sees numerous players among the front-runners to win this tournament, including Tommy Fleetwood, Thorbjorn Olesen and Justin Rose. All the previously mentioned players sit inside the top ten of the Race to Dubai, but we might see some less established names come to the forefront of the leaderboard. Players like Ryan Fox and Matt Wallace are notable names worth remembering.
This week marks the sixth edition of the Turkish Airlines Open and the third time that the Regnum Carya Golf Club has hosted. If you follow any of the players on social media that play this event, it is one that all of them look forward to and one that they want to ensure they qualify for, as only the top 101 players in the Race to Dubai automatically qualify. Of course for those players from the British Isles, it is a welcome bit of sunshine during the cold temperatures associated with early November.
Historically the course has favoured the longer straighter hitters on the European Tour, the course is heavily tree lined, often forcing players to hit to certain areas of the fairway to ensure that they are not blocked out on the approaches to the greens. This is vitally important as whilst the green complexes are enormous, they are some of the fastest and most undulating surfaces on the European Tour circuit. Precision is the aim of the game this week with so much to play for leading into the final three events of the 2019 Race to Dubai.
That being said one player I have already mentioned has to be one of the front-runners. Whilst he is yet to win on the European Tour, Son of All Blacks legend Grant Fox, Ryan has had more top tens in The Rolex Series events than any other player on the European Tour. He narrowly missed out on winning the 2019 Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open hosted by the Rory Foundation, but I expect in the next year or so we will see big things from one of the longest hitters on the planet.
Another Player to keep an eye on this week is TRENDYGOLF favourite, Matt Wallace. He has won three times already this season, winning on three separate continents in the process. This proves to me that his game travels and after missing out on selection for this years Ryder Cup, he will be working harder than ever to ensure he never gets overlooked again.
The final subplot to mention is the Race to Dubai; only three players within the top 10 have entered this week. Current European number one Tommy Fleetwood will be hoping to catch the second half of the Dynamic Duo “MoliWood” at the top of the standings. Molinari is currently well in front of his nearest chaser, but with this being a Rolex Series Event, there is an inflated prize fund with the winner taking home somewhere in the region of €1,000,000. This amount would still mean Fleetwood trailed Molinari, but only by 200,000 points.
TIPS FOR THE WEEK
Ryan Fox: As mentioned he has an unbelievable record in Rolex Series events, he has come close to winning this year already and has all the attributes to succeed at the highest level.
Tommy Fleetwood: European Number one, second in the Race to Dubai standings, won four points out of five as a Ryder Cup Rookie and is one of the form players in the world. Just to name a few reasons.
Matt Wallace: Three-time winner on the European Tour this season, supreme ball striker and a proven winner.
Justin Rose: World number two, Olympic Gold medallist, Major Winner, FedEx Cup winner and Ryder Cup Stalwart, one of the best players in the world over the last two years, he cannot be overlooked.
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