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2013 European Tour at the Montgomerie Course in Turkey

montgomerie maxx royal golf courseThe 2013 European Tour is all set to take place in one of the world’s most popular region for golf travel vacation, Belek in Turkey. Scheduled on November 7 to 13 of next year at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal, golfers from all around the globe will surely be pleased with what Belek can offer, from its finest golf courses to many other enchanting spots. The tour serves as a prelude to the DP World Tour Championship to be held in Dubai which is also the final stretch of the next year’s European Tour.

Montgomerie Maxx Royal measures more than 7,100 yards. This par 72 course is said to be the most difficult course in the country since its opening in 2008. The challenges set by the course layout has been tested and proven by the many travelers who have chosen Montgomerie to be their golf holiday destination. Different landscapes like tree-lined forests and sandy seaside comprise the course’s 260 acres of expanse.

The Turkish Golf Federation and International Sports Management (ISM) aims that the major tournament will attract more tourists and golf travelers toward Turkey. The 2013 European Tour will serve as an avenue for more and better exposure of the different golf travel destinations the region has to offer.

The Managing Director of ISM, Andrew Chandler said, “This is just a great move for Turkey. This tournament ticks a lot of boxes for Turkey who are really driving towards a bid for the 2020 Olympics. Hosting big events like this tournament can only help that strategy and to be able to announce a three year deal for a $7 million tournament is a very rare thing these days. I’d like to thank Ahmet in particular because he has been the driving force behind this.” Chandler is also a former European Tour Professional.

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Turkey Hosts the 2013 European Tour

2013 European TourThe 2013 European Tour will be hosted, for the time, by Turkey. The Tour is scheduled one week before the DP World Tour Championship ends its season on November 7 to 10, 2013.

It has been announced that the tournament will be held in the famous Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Belek, Antalya. The world’s most renowned names in golf will compose the seventy-eight players who will compete for the $7 million Turkish Open championship.

The information was shared to the public during the second round of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals. This event was an exhibition game consisting of eight players including world number one Rory McIlroy and world number two, Tiger Woods. All these actions are believed to be part of Turkey’s preparation of the 2020 Olympics which the country will also be hosting.

Andrew Chandler, the Managing Director of International Sports Management, said, “This is just a great move for Turkey. This tournament ticks a lot of boxes for Turkey who are really driving towards a bid for the 2020 Olympics. Hosting big events like this tournament can only help that strategy, and to be able to announce a three-year deal for a $7 million tournament is a very rare thing these days.”

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Who’s Who in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final

Turkish Airlines World Golf FinalsAfter defeating Webb Simpson with a score of 62 in the final group match, Justin Rose is heading to meet Tiger Woods in the last four rounds of the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final.

The third day of the event closed with Rose winning three of the three rounds with a nine-under defeating Simpson with a four-under while Lee Westwood at seven-under won over Hunter Mahan with two-under. Matt Kuchar at six-under lost to Charl Schwartzel who recorded eight-under.

Rory McIlroy also lost to Woods with an unbelievable score of one-under against seven-under. While Rose meets Woods, Westwood will go against Schwartzel in the tour’s semi-final round.

McIlroy, after suffering from previous two consecutive losses, had less chances of qualifying early on. He had difficulty catching up with Woods, gave not so good shots until the 16th and 17th holes which he both birdied and got him under par. His score of 70 was not enough to beat Woods’ seven-under 64. The event was held at Belek’s par 71 PGA Sultan Course, in Turkey.

Woods, who is currently world number two, admitted that he could have played better. This was after making seven birdies-without bogeys in 64. He said, “It felt good today. I really hit it good. I missed quite a few putts out there too which is interesting; it could have been a really low number.”

“The greens are soft from the rain we had yesterday and the greens are perfectly smooth. If the ball’s plugging, you can take dead aim,” Woods added.

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Rose and Westwood Topped the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals

Turkish Airlines World Golf FinalsAfter his recent victory defeating Matt Kuchar at the Ryder Cup, Lee Westwood kept his momentum up high as he completed a breathtaking round of 61 at the Sultan Course, winning six shots ahead against former US Masters champion Charl Schwartzel in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals.

The event recorded incredible scores with world number one Rory McIlroy over par among the rest of the world’s cream of golf. Eight other golf professionals completed the front nine of golfers with combined -29 shots and will make up the final match.

The game didn’t start favorably for Westwood. He shot an eagle 3 at par-5 in the third hole followed by two bogeys 6 at par-4 on the next hole. The 6th to the 14th holes favored Westwood and gave him a run of -7 putting him on an advantageous spot with the South African Schwartzel. Westwood closed the round with a total of 61 garnered from birdying 3 at the final hole and finishing with nines of 31 and 30. Westwood goes to the final round where Justin Rose is already waiting.

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Belek Awarded Best Golf Destination

Belek, a municipality in Serik district, Antalya Province in Turkey, was recently hailed as the Best Golf Destination by the Golf Journal Travel Awards for 2012. The ceremony for this prestigious award was held at ITB Berlin.

Belek, known as the developing golf center of Turkey, is a well-liked tourist destination. The city has a number of charming beaches, natural scenic spots, fascinating historical sites and, of course, some first-class golf courses. Among the most popular golf courses are the Gloria Golf Resort, Nobilis Golf Otel, and Kempinski Hotel The Dome. More than thirty luxury hotels provide accommodations to guests, who come from all over the globe to savor the experience of playing golf in Belek.

The Gloria Golf Resort is considered a Gayon classic. It is situated at the bottom of the Toros Mountain. The 63 deep bunkers of this stunning golf resort cover an area of 16,000 square meters, while its seven ponds cover 30,000 square meters.

The Nobilis Golf Otel features a property of 729,000 square meters with an 18-hole course. It is situated near the Belek Acisu River, beside a natural pine forest.

The Kempinski Hotel The Dome features an outdoor swimming pool with an area of 2123 square meters. It has connecting lagoons and sandy beaches that meet the Mediterranean Sea.

Both business and leisure guests, as well as avid golfers, will surely enjoy the natural beauty of Belek.

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