News & Features

December 2016

Australia

As we come to the end of another year of golf, we take a look back at 2016’s winners and congratulate the player that sits at the very top of the global leaderboard.

 

It is now week 52 and for an astonishing 44 weeks of this year, Australia’s Jason Day has ranked number one in the world, having first achieved the top spot in September 2015. With fellow Australian Andrew Dodt currently leading 2017’s Race to Dubai and Adam Scott placed seventh in the official global rankings, it is clear that Australia has a strong offering to the game of golf.

 

Jason Day was born in 1987 in Queensland and turned professional at the age of 18 after winning the Green Jacket at the NEC Master of Amateurs in his home country. At 19, having won the Legend Financial Group Classic in Ohio, he famously became the youngest man in the world to win on any of the PGA’s three tours. While Day currently lives in the USA with his wife and two children, he continually acknowledges his Antipodean roots and was stated in the press as humbly saying:

 

“Australian golf did so much for me, and that is why I am here today.”

 

Golf in Australia is the number one participant sport in the country and almost half a million of her citizens belong to a golf club. In fact, it is estimated that over 10% of the whole adult population plays golf among the country’s incredible natural scenery. And with more than 1,800 golf courses to choose from, the variety is staggering. It is well documented that the best can be found in Melbourne in an area called “The Sand Belt” with the West course at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club generally being acknowledged as Australia’s premier course and the finest design of Dr. Alister MacKenzie.
Royal Melbourne West is a wondrous site of superb construction and supreme conditioning. Full of dramatic undulation, fertile sandy soil and a natural rugged appearance, this course has been hailed a gift from the golfing gods.

 

So whether you wish to play the home courses of 2016’s champion or simply lie back and relax on one of 7,000 beaches along an impressive coastline, Turkish Airlines flies to all major destinations across the country, including Sydney, Perth and Australia’s golfing capital, Melbourne. Book now at www.turkishairlines.com/Book-Now.

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