Justin Rose won Turkish Airlines Open 2018 held at Antalya Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort between November 1 and 4.
One of the most important events in the golfing world and a part of the European Tour, Turkish Airlines Open has been bringing together the best golfers in Antalya with the support of Turkish Airlines. Witnessing a fierce competition between players from Turkey and abroad, and hosted by Antalya Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, Turkish Airlines Open 2018 presented a total prize of 7 million USD and was won by British golfer Justin Rose.
The tournament, excitedly awaited all year long, began with the Turkish Airlines Beach Golf Championship which took place at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort’s magnificent coastline. Last September, Rose raised to the top of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time in his career. In the three-hole match, he competed against Tommy Fleetwood, his teammate from the Ryder Cup, ending with Rose’s defeat.
At the end of the four-day tournament, Rose became the champion by defeating his rival Haotong Li in the play-off, a first in the history of the Turkish Airlines Open. Although an incredible eagle on the 15th moved Li back a level, but Rose duly replied with a birdie at the 16th. The victory came after the tie at the play-off hole.
After the final game, Justin Rose received the prize money at the award ceremony presented by Turkish Airlines Chief Marketing Officer Ahmet Olmuştur and the cup presented by the Republic of Turkey Minister of Youth and Sports Mehmet Kasapoğlu. Turkish Airlines Chief Marketing Officer Ahmet Olmuştur expressed his thoughts on the tournament during the ceremony by saying, “I’d like to congratulate Justin Rose on his victory. We had an amazing weekend in Belek thanks to Turkish Airlines Open 2018. We were happy to be a part of this great tournament which welcomes hundreds of millions of people from all around the world with Turkish hospitality and the natural beauties of Antalya, one of the most important touristic destinations in Turkey.” Olmuştur continued to announce that they would be operating 50 flights weekly from Antalya to 13 international destinations during the summer tariff of 2019.
Turkish Golf Federation President Ahmet Ağaoğlu expressed his excitement with these words, “Without Turkish Airlines, this would not be possible. They have invested in every possible way in this and their share in the success is huge. Turkish Airlines supports culture and all sports in our country but their contribution to golf, not just here but around the world, is an unrivaled feat. The word ‘Golf’ goes with Turkish Airlines and their contribution is priceless.”
Turkish Airlines Beach Golf Championship’s extraordinary platform used various sand landmarks as obstacles such as the Egyptian Pyramids, Istanbul’s Maiden Tower, and Bali’s Ulun Danu Beratan, emphasizing Turkish Airlines’ title as the airline that flies to more countries than any other in the world.
Professional Golfer - Justin Rose
We talked with Justin Rose, whose performance on the courses was outstanding, about the off-course opportunities in Turkey.
What do you think about playing in Antalya?
I love it here! We have such a busy schedule that it’s hard to explore too much but I'd recommend Antalya to anyone. For us, it’s a perfect combination because the hotels and the weather are incredible and then the golfing facilities are world class as well.
As far as we know, you arrived on a Turkish Airlines Business class flight from Shanghai along with many of your fellow players, having played at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament the week before the Turkish Airlines Open. What can you say about your journey?
It’s a long flight in from Shanghai and the service we got was brilliant. Traveling well and making good flight choices is so important to golfers. Thanks to the high standards of comfort and the brilliant staff on our Turkish Airlines flight, I felt fresh and able to prepare for the tournament as soon as we arrived in Antalya.
Turkish Airlines has become famous for its golf activities, which have included Tiger Woods driving a ball between Europe and Asia. But what’s next for golf, and particularly golf in Turkey?
I’m looking forward to seeing what Turkish Airlines comes up with next. They seem to have plenty of ideas! Tiger’s shot across the Bosporus was pretty iconic and a good way to put the tournament on the map. I really feel very welcome here. That’s the same for the other players too and I think that’s why it’s such a good tournament. We all know how busy Antalya is with golf tourism – it’s not hard to see why – and, from what I hear, Turkish golf is getting stronger too.