| Turk­ish Air­lines Open Re­view

The Turk­ish Air­lines Open served up an­other nail-bit­ing fin­ish at the stun­ning Reg­num Carya Golf Re­sort in An­talya, Turkey. Win­ner Justin Rose re­tained his ti­tle (for the first time in his ca­reer), won al­most US $1.2mm and re­gained the World Num­ber One sp

HK Golfer - - Contents - By Charles McLaugh­lin

Justin Rose re­tained his ti­tle for the first time in his ca­reer and re­gained the World Num­ber One spot.

How­ever, run­ner-up Li Hao­tong was left ru­ing a day of missed op­por­tu­ni­ties, cul­mi­nat­ing in his heart­break­ing three-putt in the play­off to hand the ti­tle to Rose. Rose was de­lighted by break­ing his de­fend­ing duck: "It's taken me 20 years to de­fend a ti­tle so that's great. Maybe I haven't won enough tour­na­ments to give my­self enough op­por­tu­ni­ties to de­fend, but to do it back-to-back is very spe­cial.” Lead­ing Rose and Alexan­der Levy by three overnight, Hao­tong couldn’t get the flat­stick work­ing on the front nine, and Rose took ad­van­tage, go­ing out in 33 to peg back his lead.

As Levy faded quickly, Rose was quicker out of the traps on the Sun­day and had caught Li by the 10th. When Justin opened up a two-shot lead by the 14th it looked all over, but a tap-in ea­gle at the 15th from Li brought him level.

Nerves kicked in on both play­ers and a suc­ces­sion of three-putts led to the play­off, af­ter Rose missed a four-footer on the last for the win.

With no re­peat of last year’s rain and cold snaps, the weather was per­fect with balmy sunny days through­out and the Reg­num Carya course in out­stand­ing con­di­tion.

The event has be­come one of the most pop­u­lar stops on tour, largely due to the venue. With play­ers, cad­dies, their fam­i­lies and me­dia all stay­ing in one all-in­clu­sive sixs­tar re­sort, there is an “end-of-term” vibe that is in­fec­tious. The US$7mm purse in a no-cut field also helps!

First round leader Paul Dunne fi­nally got his irons work­ing again and a sparkling 64 was the re­sult, giv­ing him a much needed con­fi­dence boost. This is a course that re­wards ag­gres­sion, and Tom Lewis grabbed it by the scruff of the neck with a su­perb 63 in round two. Li Hao­tong shot into a three­shot lead with an­other 63 in round three – a fan­tas­tic round that could have been un­der 60 had he not closed with six pars! Th­ese were the low rounds of the week.

Spon­sors Turk­ish Air­lines also had plenty to cel­e­brate as, in ad­di­tion to an­other hugely suc­cess­ful tour­na­ment, the event co­in­cided with the open­ing of the new In­ter­na­tional air­port in Is­tan­bul.

Win­ner Justin Rose re­tained his ti­tle and re­gained the World No.1 spot

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