Tiger Woods and the finest golfers of the world went head-to-head in Europe’s newest and most exciting tournament; “The Turkish Airlines Open 2013”
Turkish Airlines provided golf enthusiasts chance to witness sporting history as 78 links champions battled it out in the third installment of the European Tour’s thrilling Final Series
Istanbul, Turkey; November 10, 2013: The “Turkish Airlines Open”, the European Tour’s new US$7 million event held in Antalya, Turkey from November 7-10, will form part of the inaugural Final Series in The Race to Dubai, and featured World Number One ranked Tiger Woods. The tournament, which took place the week before the DP World Championship, started at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal course, in Belek, Antalya.
Tiger Woods, the 14-time Major Champion, was part of the 78-man field, having also played in last year’s Turkish Airlines World Golf Final - is the headline star at the Turkish Airlines Open presented by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture and opened proceedings with a stunning display from the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul before moving on to Belek for the first ever European Tour event held in the country.
World Number One Woods arrived by helicopter for a historic photo shoot in Istanbul where he became the first golfer to hit balls from East to West on the iconic Bosphorus Bridge connecting the two continents.
Woods, who has already had four wins this season on the US PGA Tour, including the recent Players Championship, said: “I had a great time during my first visit to Turkey. Turkish Airlines, the Turkish Golf Federation and the fans who came to watch made it a really special event and I’m looking forward to playing there once again.”
Last year’s eight-man event, won by Englishman Justin Rose at the nearby Antalya Golf Club, provided a taste of the world-class golf to be played in Turkey, and the new Turkish Airlines Open has now become a fully-sanctioned European Tour event.
Faruk Cizmecioglu, Chief Marketing Officer at Turkish Airlines, said: “It is going to be a magnificent week for Turkey and its people and will announce to the world our desire and determination to further our high standing among the world’s foremost destinations for golf and tourism. We are proud to have so many distinguished golfers in our country at one time and are equally delighted to host both the first European Tour event here and the amateur Grand Final which represents what a truly global network Turkish Airlines operates.”
It is not only in the professional golfing arena that Turkish Airlines will have an influence in 2013, as the airline is also title sponsoring a new amateur event – The Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Grand Final – which will span 12 cities around the world this year, expanding to 24 in 2014.
In a week when many of the world’s best golfers will tee off in the penultimate event of the season-long Race to Dubai, 48 amateurs from around the world will also be in Antalya taking part in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Grand Final.
No fewer than 48 amateurs from New York to Tokyo and Dubai, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Moscow, Milan, Frankfurt, Paris, London and Delhi in between, will take part in a pairs better ball stableford for the inaugural Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup Grand Final.
For detailed information, please visit www.turkishairlinesopen.com
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About Turkish Airlines:
Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with a fleet of 233 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 241 cities around the world, comprised of 44 domestic and 197 international destinations. One of the fastest growing airline companies, it has received several “Passengers Choice Awards” from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2013 results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen "Best Airline in Europe" for the third year running and continued to be “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the fifth consecutive year. Having the designation of “World’s Best Economy Class On-board Catering” in 2010, Turkish Airlines has been also awarded "Best Business Class Catering” in 2013 Skytrax World Airline Awards. For more information about Turkish Airlines, please visit www.turkishairlines.com
About Star Alliance:
The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognised by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAM Airlines, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI, United and US Airways. Overall, the Star Alliance network offers more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,328 airports in 195 countries.