Turk­ish De­light!

Justin Rose wins back-to-back for the first time, as An­talya hosts the fifth Turk­ish Air­lines Open. Charles McLaugh­lin re­ports from the spec­tac­u­lar Reg­num Carya Golf & Spa Re­sort, host­ing the event for the sec­ond time.

HK Golfer - - Contents - By Charles McLaugh­lin

Justin Rose wins back-to-back for the first time, as An­talya hosts the fifth Turk­ish Air­lines Open.

It’s ap­pro­pri­ate that a key in­gre­di­ent to clas­sic Turk­ish de­light is… essence of Rose! Fresh off his stun­ning vic­tory in Shang­hai, where he came from eight shots back to win, Justin Rose came to Turkey hop­ing to bol­ster his be­lated charge in the Race To Dubai. In the event, for the sec­ond week in a row, Rose found him­self well off the pace – six shots back with nine to play on Sun­day – but some­how man­aged to power through the field to win.

In his first back-to-back win on tour, Justin faced a re­peat of his (missed) play­off putt in the Masters against Ser­gio Gar­cia on the fi­nal green. With joint leader Ni­co­las Col­saerts an inch or two closer to the hole, Rose drained his 10-footer nerve­lessly then watched as his op­po­nent’s ef­fort slipped by the left edge.

His clos­ing 65 was enough to pip first-round leader Col­saerts and the surg­ing Dy­lan Frit­telli by a stroke. With a maiden win on tour and a play­off loss to his credit, Frit­telli is hav­ing a fan­tas­tic year. He really caught the eye here with a spec­tac­u­lar run of five birdies in a row on the front-nine, in­clud­ing three chip-ins!

In con­trast with his sparkling play in ear­lier rounds, joint overnight leader Shane Lowry stum­bled on Sun­day and was soon passed by the field. How­ever, there was a wel­come re­turn to form for Padraig Har­ring­ton in 4th, who was left ru­ing some loose play on Fri­day, but oth­er­wise put to­gether some of the ti­di­est golf of the week.

In Rose, the or­gan­is­ers un­doubt­edly got the cham­pion they must have wished for. How­ever, it’s also clear that Turkey and in par­tic­u­lar An­talya was also a win­ner, with the im­ages be­ing broad­cast world­wide. The lux­u­ri­ous all-in­clu­sive Reg­num Carya re­sort was home to play­ers, fam­ily, cad­dies, of­fi­cials and me­dia through­out the week and made for one of the most en­ter­tain­ing stops on Tour. The re­sort lit­er­ally be­comes part of the course, with the 16th tee perched atop a lux­ury villa!

As the sun set and the pre­sen­ta­tion cer­e­mony be­gan, spon­sor Turk­ish Air­lines had one fi­nal flour­ish up their sleeve with a dra­matic de­liv­ery of the tro­phy – by hov­er­board! It was a fit­ting high-fly­ing cli­max to a su­perb week of world-class golf and hos­pi­tal­ity.

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