Tyrrell Hatton won the Turkish Airlines Open held on November 7-10 at Antalya’s Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club.
The Turkish Airlines Open professional golf tournament organized since 2013 by Turkish Airlines, the airline that flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, today is ranked as one of the world’s most prestigious sports events. Every year, world-famous, talented golf players participate in the Turkish Airlines Open that forms a crucial part of the European Tour calendar and is the third tournament to the end of the season.
The tournament was organized between November 7 and 10 at Antalya’s Montgomerie Maxx Royal Golf Club and was attended by important golfers including British Justin Rose, the tournament winner for the last two years; Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, overall leader of the European Tour; British Danny Willet, winner of the 2016 Masters; American Patrick Reed, winner of the 2018 Masters; Italian Francesco Molinari, winner of the 2018 The Open Championship; and Irish Shane Lowry, winner of the 2019 The Open Championship.
The tournament ended up with an epic finale, where six players went on to the playoff rounds; the playoffs were extended four times, and the existing record was equaled for the third time. English golfer Tyrrell Hatton won the tournament, at the end of the playoffs.
The tournament was the scene of a closely fought competition until the end with Austrian golfer Matthias Schwab taking second place and American golfer Kurt Kitayama coming in third. South African golfer Erik Van Rooyen was eliminated in the first playoff, and French golfers Benjamin Hebert and Victor Perez finished in the first six. The Turkish Airlines Open made history as the first professional golf tournament to be completed under floodlights.
Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Governor of Antalya Münir Karaloğlu, Turkish Golf Federation President Ahmet Ağaoğlu, Mayor of Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Muhittin Böcek, and Turkish Airlines Open Tournament Director Miguel Viador attended the award ceremony after the final. Tyrrell Hatton, the tournament’s winner, received his award from Minister of Foreign Affairs Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu who is known to play golf in his spare time. Stating that it was a closely contested playoff round, in his speech, Çavuşoğlu added that he enjoyed watching the tournament.
In his statement to Skylife, Turkish Golf Federation President Ahmet Ağaoğlu spoke about the importance of the tournament for Turkey. Speaking about the location of the international airport in Antalya, one of the world’s best golf destinations, and explaining that there are 16 golf courses along the 15-kilometer coastal strip, he added, “The Turkish Airlines Open (TA Open) and Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup (TAWGC) have attracted attention to golf. And this is contributing to an increase of golfers in the country.”
English sportsman Tyrrell Hatton, who is 28 years old, beat Austrian Matthias Schwab with a par on the fourth extra hole to win the championship title. The sportsman, who has participated in the Turkish Airlines Open every year since 2014, won his fourth title in the last two years and the first European Tour championship of his career.
Hatton, who traveled to Antalya with Turkish Airlines following the WGC-HSBC Championships held in China, said that he had one of the best weeks of his year at the Turkish Airlines Open. “I have been coming to Antalya for five years, and each time, this is an excellent event that players look forward to.” He went on to add, “Most of the players come with their families. Both the Montgomerie Maxx Royal and the Regnum Carya have fantastic facilities, and the weather is always nice. After leaving the golf course, there’s not a nicer place to be. All of us are grateful to Turkish Airlines for their support and for the wonderful tournament they organize. On our journey here from Shanghai, we received an incredible service from Turkish Airlines, and this made a great difference towards beginning the week refreshed, which was even more pleasant.”
With its vast networking resources, Turkish Airlines has supported both amateur and professional golf continuously for seven years, and has played an active role in Antalya, one of Turkey’s key tourism centers with its history and natural beauty, being ranked as one of the most popular golf destinations in the world today.
Fantastic Golf Ball
This year’s Turkish Airlines Open tournament was the scene of many exciting events. Remote controlled balls, specially prepared for the Fantastic Golf Ball Competition, were adorned with the Turkish Airlines logo. As part of the tournament, professional golfer Ross Fisher competed with a young player on the course. Fisher was defeated by the young amateur player who performed skilled shots with the special ball. The audience was amazed by the young player’s shots with the fantastic golf ball, and the event added to the enjoyment of the tournament.
Epic Golf Ball Competition
In the Epic Golf Ball Competition, one of the tournament’s exciting events, 72 golf balls representing 72 professional golf players competed on the 194-meter-long, custom-made course which comprised four elimination and one final competition. The competitions were commentated by world-famous racing sportscaster David Croft.
Turkish Airlines, title sponsor of the Turkish Airlines Open since 2013, aims to increase awareness and develop further interest in golf with this entertaining project organized as part of the tournament, and with the participation of golf enthusiasts with different skill levels and world-famous golf players.