Over a week has passed since Thorbjørn Olesen secured his victory at 2016’s Turkish Airlines Open and we are still celebrating the completion of another hugely successful tournament held at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in Antalya.
With the tournament’s launch marked by an aerial competition that saw Lee Westwood crowned “Drone Golf Champion”, beating Andrew “Beef” Johnstone and Masters Champion Danny Willett to the title, the week’s events were off to a playful start.
Having finished second in the drone challenge, Willett admitted, “I am gutted… Hopefully I can do a bit better than that on the golf course this week.” But needing to finish fifth overall to regain his top spot in the Race to Dubai, unfortunately he didn’t come up trumps. Whilst Olesen shot a course-record nine-under-par 62 to lead the Turkish Open at the halfway stage, Danny Willett’s hopes of finishing the season as European number one took a serious nosedive.
Olesen, himself, was under heavy pressure from David Horsey after the Englishman shot 29 on his front nine to cut the leader’s advantage. But three birdies in the space of four holes were enough to pull Olesen clear and set him on the way to a three-shot win and a fourth European Tour title, with Horsey and Chinese player Li Haotong finishing in a share of second.
Olesen said: “I knew the guys were able to shoot a low number and after nine holes they were, so there was a lot of pressure… (However) I kept it steady. The win at the Turkish Airlines Open means a lot.”
With a combined prize fund of $7 million, the Turkish Airlines Open has become a key part of the European Tour calendar since the tournament’s inception in 2013. This is the fourth year that Turkish Airlines has sponsored the tournament, which took place between the 3rd and 6th of November, and was the penultimate event of the Final Series seeing golf’s biggest names competing to secure a spot at the DP World Tour Championship.
After the final day of the event, Turkish Airlines Chairman M. Ilker Ayci said, “This was another fantastic tournament and we are delighted that Thorbjørn Olesen is our new champion. He played superbly at the Regnum and is a worthy winner.”
Dubbed the ‘Rising Star’ of golf destinations, Turkey’s championship course on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea certainly didn’t disappoint the 78 competitors who entered this year’s tournament, the spectators who came to watch them or the fans tuning in all around the world. With two years of sponsorship of this great event left to go, we at Turkish Airlines are already looking forward to 2017.
Play the course of champions at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort and book your flights at www.turkishairlines.com/Book-Now. We look forward to welcoming you here.
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