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November 2016

The World’s Most Travelled Athletes

Gary Player

The practice range will always be the most crowded on the Tuesday of a golf tournament whilst the Wednesday is reserved for the Pro-Am competition. First tees will be played on the Thursday morning and the cut happens after the second round on Friday. The leading competitors will continue the game on Saturday and it is on the Sunday that a winner is announced.


It is on Monday that the players travel, and so sums up a week in the life of a pro-golfer.


In 2016, the European Tour schedule alone featured 47 tournaments in 27 different countries, all part of the Race to Dubai, the year-long competition which crowns the European Tour Number One at the end of the season. 27 countries. That’s more than one country every other week. There is no doubt that professional golfers are some of the most travelled sportsmen and women on the planet.


In fact, the man who has famously trademarked himself as the “World’s Most Travelled Athlete” says he has racked up more than 15 million airmiles travelling the world during a career that has seen him win 165 tournaments and nine major championships over five decades. This man is Gary Player. It’s no surprise he’s a golfer.


Since Player’s early days on the pro-circuit, things are now very different for golfers travelling the globe to play the game they love. “When I first travelled 60 years ago, there were no jets. We travelled from South Africa to America and it took us over 40 hours with four different stops,” Player has explained in the past.


Today’s superior aircraft carriers mean that golfers can now travel non-stop to thousands of destinations without the gruelling hassle of multiple stopovers and frustrating transits.


It is well known that all athletes –not just golfers- are the ultimate ‘road warriors’, regularly crossing continents and oceans and fighting the banes of jetlag to compete at international events. Jetlag is particularly tough, especially during overnight flights cruising long haul distances, and everyone tries to cope in different ways. The rule of thumb is “one day to recover for one hour of time difference” but there isn’t always the time for such recovery, especially in the world of golf.


Players must stay fit and healthy, even before their journey begins and long after it ends, in order to be able to perform to the best of their ability when they land at the other end. Golfers suffer from perpetual busy schedules but exercise should always be a major part of their daily routines. Getting from A to B quickly helps free up some precious hours to spend on themselves.


Flying to 292 destinations around the world, Turkish Airlines will get players to where they need to go smoothly and comfortably leaving enough time for some R&R before play begins. Travel like a pro-golfer and book your flights at

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