2019 European Tour Tracker

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This week: Turkish Airlines Open

What: European Tour Event: Turkish Airlines Open
Where: The Montgomerie Maxx Royal
Miles Travelled:

10,022 miles

Short Description:
My Role This Week:

This week, I’m the European Tour’s Press Officer at the Turkish Airlines Open. Alongside my colleague Clare Bodel, we’re on-site working alongside the promoters of the event, coordinating media requests from local journalists, arranging interviews for our broadcast partners and producing reports from the tournament.

We’ve arrived in Turkey for the Turkish Airlines Open, one of three Rolex Series events at the end of the 2019 Race to Dubai. It’s been an epic season so far, but there is still plenty to play for over the next few weeks, starting here at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Belek. Unsurprisingly there are airplanes everywhere, including this one here next to the tenth tee. Models of Turkish Airlines planes are used as tee markers this week too.

The Montgomerie Maxx Royal was designed, unsurprisingly, by European Tour legend Colin Montgomerie, in association with European Golf Design. This is the fourth time the Turkish Airlines Open has been held at this venue, which hosted the first three editions from 2013-15. There are five par fives and five par threes on the course this week – a different challenge for our members. When we arrived at the course on Monday, Tournament Director Miguel Vidaor told us he had to take us up to the roof of the clubhouse – we’re glad he did!

As twice-defending champion, Justin Rose took part in a press conference on Wednesday morning to launch the tournament. If he were to win this week, Rose would become just the fourth golfer in European Tour history to win the same event three years running, joining Nick Faldo, Colin Montgomerie and Ian Woosnam as golfers to achieve that feat.

It wouldn’t be a trip to Antalya without fitting in some golf ourselves. We were fortunate enough to have the opportunity to play at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, which hosted the Turkish Airlines Open from 2016-2018. I’d never played floodlit golf before, and it was quite the experience. I’d recommend it to anyone!

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