The European Tour’s first Final Series continues to bring the 2013 season to an exciting conclusion as it enters its penultimate event this week with the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture.
After two weeks in Shanghai, China, the Final Series moves to European shores, with The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, in Antalya, hosting a European Tour event for the first time.
Designed by 2010 Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie, who is part of the 78 man field, it will provide the stunning backdrop as the battle intensifies to follow in the spike marks of the winner of eight Harry Vardon Trophies and finish the 2013 campaign as European Number One.
With a prize fund of US$7million, there is plenty to play for at the summit of The Race to Dubai, as well as for those players looking to seal their place in the top 60 in order to make next week’s season finale, the DP WORLD Tour Championship, Dubai.
One man heading to Turkey with high hopes is US Open Champion Justin Rose, who finished fifth in last week’s WGC-HSBC Champions and is currently third on The Race to Dubai.
Last year Rose won the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, an eight man match play event that was the precursor to Turkey hosting a European Tour event for the first time this week.
He returns to the country looking to continue his fine form in 2013 and dislodge Henrik Stenson from the top spot as The 2013 Race to Dubai reaches a thrilling climax.
“It’s going to be fun to play in Turkey again, especially as we are in the same area as last year,” said Rose. “It’s a different course, but the one we played last year I seemed to get on well with.
“It’s another good field and it offers a good opportunity for me in The Race to Dubai. It’s an important week and I feel like my game is in good shape right now, so I’m hoping for a good performance.
“It’s great for Turkey to have an event in the Final Series and they did a great job last year, so we are all looking forward to it.”
Stenson finished with a superb 65 in last week’s WGC-HSBC Champions, but that was only good enough for a share of 31st position, and the Swede will be looking for an improvement on that performance in Turkey to give himself a comfortable cushion heading into next week’s DP WORLD Tour Championship, Dubai.Ian Poulter, who made a magnificent defence of his title last week in China finishing runner up to Dustin Johnson, is also in the field along with World Number One Tiger Woods.