August could be considered the ‘calm before the storm’ as a relatively quiet month in quantity proved to be an exciting taster to a busy September as the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup hit some of the North America’s best golf courses.
Beginning in Riga at Ozo Golf Club, the series welcomed Lelde Ņikitina as the newest participant in October’s Grand Final as 42 points was enough for the win.
A day later, the TAWGC arrived just weeks ahead of the PGA Tour at TPC Boston where some excellent weather set the scene for Tyler Cleary to rack up 40 points at the same site that 3-time Major winner Jordan Spieth would cruise to victory at the Dell Technologies Championship later in the month.
Hanno Strazds won at the Tallinn qualifying event was sandwiched between Boston and Toronto where again, Turkish Airlines guests found themselves playing in the footsteps of the pros at Glen Abbey Golf Club, home of the RBC Canadian Open. Lars Melander shot a level par 72 to record an impressive victory off 38 points.
Just a short journey east to Montreal at Le Fontainbleau 4 days later saw 2016 champion Claude St Pierre defend his title meaning runner-up Alexander Smith would take the place at the Grand Finals.
Helsinki followed before inaugural events at Bogota, Columbia and Ulaanbaatur, Mongolia saw the series go to Club de Golf de Los Lagartos and Mt. Bogd Golf Club and welcome Andres Villegas Jaramilo and Tsogtoo Norov to Belek.
Arne Petter Maurits Buhs won at Miklagard Golf Club with 38 points in the penultimate event of the month. A unique opportunity awaited guests of the Manchester qualifying Event who were joined by England International Cricketers Joe Root, Ben Stokes and Stuart Broad at the world-famous host of the 2017 Open Championship, Royal Birkdale Golf Club.
Broad went on to win the event however due to professional commitments was unable to attend allowing Ian Noke the chance to represent Manchester in Belek.