After a three years In their absence, the Turkish Airlines Open returned to the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course in Belekwho staged the tournament for the first time In 2013, This year, many big names will be chasing first prize $ 2 million, of a $ 7 million Pot.
When Colin Montgomerie started designing the Montgomerie Maxx Royal on the Turkish Mediterranean coast, he hoped that it would become a prestigious golf course and a strengthening of golf in the region.
From that moment on it opened 2008His design was instant recognized by many professionals as one of the best in the country. It only took 5 years for its first major event, the Turkish Airlines Open, which is part of the European Tour. It attracted Tiger Woods in his first year when he famously shot one 63 (9-under-par) by doing second round,
Big names came to Turkey in the following two years. Brooks Koepka of the United States, who made a name for himself on the European Tour before winning several majors, won in 2014 and Victor Dubuisson of France who won in 2013, triumphed in for the second time 2015, When the tournament moved nearby Carya golf club in the 2016 Thorbjorn Olesen from Denmark took the title while Justin Rose of England won in 2017 and 2018,
As part of the Rolex series, its importance is underlined by its place in the calendar. After Turkey there is only one event left Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa before DP World Tour Championship. which decides the final placement in the season Race to Dubai Competition. Last year it was won by Francesco Molinari from Italy.
The Montgomerie Maxx Royal has one Par-72, 7,132-yard layoutwith undulating fairways inside about 260 acres of mixed pine forest and sandy crests. The course starts and ends with par 5s, Offers the chance of a good start and an excellent goal if the leadership in the closing holes can change hands.
"If you have the rough up, driving will be the key," said Bernd Wiesberger from Austria, who is in the to lead in the race to Dubai. “Some of the greens are also very wavy, so precision with iron blows can be crucial, even for low scores.
“We last played there four years ago, but I always enjoyed playing in Montgomerie and got some good results. The course was always in very good condition and very well prepared. "
Danny Willett from England said it was a fun course.
"The whole facility is very impressive," he said. "If I remember correctly, it can be a bit fiddly, but I think a lot depends on how the course is set up."
Montgomerie said his favorite hole was that Par-4 12.because it placed more emphasis on accuracy and required a strong approach to a difficult, wavy green.
But while Montgomerie's name is synonymous with accuracy, The Montgomerie Maxx Royal is the place where there is an abundance of birds and the driving distance rather than the mere ability to hit fairways brings the bigger rewards.
Each seat is only as good as the players who take part, but the Turkish Open field is full of strong players, including Shane Lowry, the British Open champion; Molinari; and rose.
"We are at Montgomerie Maxx Royal again this year and I remember it being a great place and venue and I am sure it will be another great tournament," said Rose Turkish golf associationThe website.
He tries to be that first man Win the same European Tour Event three times in a row in almost two decades. The presence of players like Rose is also crucial for success Ahmet Agaoglue, the President of the Confederation.
"Justin plays a key role in Turkish Airlines Open history and it is an honor to welcome him back to Turkey," he said on the association's website. "He has been one of the best players in the world for a long time and a great sports ambassador."