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Turkish Airlines Open Preview

Turkish Airlines Open Preview


With three events left on the European Tour, the Race to Dubai is heating up.

After Rory McIlroy’s win at the WGC-HSBC Champions he has vaulted himself inside the top five of the R2D and will surely want to round off a very fruitful year by being crowned Europe's number one golfer at the season finale in two weeks’ time.

One player looking to derail McIlroy’s dream is Justin Rose, winner at the Turkish Airlines Open in the previous two seasons. Rose has not gone on to win the season long Race to Dubai, but winning the Turkish Airlines Open again this week will certainly enhance his chances of doing so.
To claim his maiden Race to Dubai title Rose will have to produce the same level of golf that we have seen in both 2017 and 2018 at the Turkish Airlines Open. During both of these championships Rose’s driving and iron play was unrivalled, he was over six shots better off the tee and into the greens than any other player. If he produces anywhere near this level of golf, then he will be difficult to beat.

Having hosted the first three Turkish Airlines opens, this year it returns to The Montgomerie Maxx Royal and will play host to the top 70 eligible players on the Race to Dubai. There is no cut at this event, so all that play has the best chance of ending the event within the top 60 of the R2D and thus getting an invitation to the following weeks event.



Bernd Weisberger: Has already tucked two Rolex Series wins away this season and tops the R2D, another good week here and he is one step closer to being European Number One.


Justin Rose: Has a fantastic record at this event, with two wins and a third-place finish in the last three years.


Danny Willett: He’s had a fantastic return to form this season, won the BMW PGA Championship and looks back to his best.


Paul Waring: Finished in a tie for eighth at the WGC-HSBC Champions last week and is 20th in the R2D, he is enjoying his best season on tour and is not far away from winning a big event.