Martin, Lowry crowned Turk­ish Air­lines’ se­cond Drone Golf Cham­pi­ons

Kuwait Times - - Sports -

ANKARA: The Turk­ish Air­lines Open took place at the Reg­num Carya Golf and Spa Re­sort in Belek, from Nov 2 to Nov 5. Martin Kaymer and Shane Lowry warmed up for the pres­ti­gious Euro­pean Tour tour­na­ment with a drone vic­tory, by beat­ing Ian Poul­ter and Hen­rik Sten­son 2-1 and tak­ing the ti­tle from the last year’s win­ner, the first Turk­ish Air­lines’ Drone Golf Cham­pion, Lee West­wood. The course was once again set out on the Reg­num’s iconic 16th hole, which has a tee on the roof of a villa, with play­ers hav­ing to guide their drone through haz­ards be­fore drop­ping the ball on to the green.

Poul­ter and Sten­son won the first hole with a birdie two but Kaymer and Lowry lev­elled with a three when Sten­son needed four putts to make a five on the se­cond at­tempts.

Hav­ing the hon­our, Lowry holed out for a four af­ter Kaymer had dropped the ball in the wa­ter from the drone but Poul­ter ran out of time as he at­tempted to drop on the green.

Kaymer and Lowry fol­low in the foot­steps of Lee West­wood, who won the in­au­gu­ral ti­tle last year, and they were pre­sented with Turk­ish Air­lines Busi­ness Class tick­ets by Turk­ish Golf Fed­er­a­tion Pres­i­dent Ah­met Agaoglu.

Former world num­ber one Kaymer said: “It’s a tro­phy that I al­ways wanted in my house and fi­nally I’ve won it, with a great part­ner in Shane. Next year we should do it again and hope­fully Ian can drop the ball out of the cup as well. “It doesn’t feel quite right how we did it but a win is a win and it’s a great start to the week.”

Sten­son said: “It was ex­tremely dif­fi­cult to get the ball out of the cup un­der­neath the drone and we got that slow play penalty at the end and Martin and Shane took the vic­tory.” Turk­ish Air­lines’ Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent, Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tions, Seda Ka­ly­oncu, said: “Con­grat­u­la­tions to Kaymer and Lowry on be­com­ing our se­cond ever Drone Golf cham­pion. He clearly has pi­lot­ing skills to go along with his golf­ing abil­ity! Once again, it was a lot of fun for the play­ers in­volved and the per­fect way to get ready for an­other ex­cit­ing Turk­ish Air­lines Open.”

Turk­ish Air­lines is spon­sor­ing the Turk­ish Air­lines Open, the third last tour­na­ment of the Euro­pean Tour sea­son, for the fifth time, with 78 play­ers com­pet­ing for the $7 mil­lion prize fund. The air­line’s com­mit­ment to golf also in­cludes un­ri­valled cor­po­rate ama­teur se­ries, the Turk­ish Air­lines World Golf Cup, back­ing a Chal­lenge Tour tour­na­ment and ladies golf, as well as al­low­ing cus­tomers’ golf clubs to travel for free.

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