There is a lot at stake this week at the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya, where a huge purse of $7,000,000 has attracted some of the biggest names in the game to come and play at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal course.
With the Race to Dubai reaching its climax next week and with a lot of World Ranking and Ryder Cup points up for grabs, it is a great chance for players to stamp their name on the first ever Race to Dubai Final Series. Here are five players who could have a great week under the Turkish sun.
Tiger Woods (Current score: -11; 5th)
No list of potential winners at golf tournaments is complete without including Tiger Woods. Tiger hasn't played a regular tour event since the Tour Championship in September, but was on the winning USA team in the President's Cup last month, and although he lost by a shot to Rory McIlroy in an exhibition match in China last week, the world number one has still got to be one of the clear favourites to lift the Turkish Airlines Open trophy on Sunday.
Justin Rose (Current score: -8; T9)
Having won the US Open this year, major champion Justin Rose entered this week in top form. Coming off a fifth place finish last week at the WGC HSBC Championship and having finished the FedEx Cup in ninth place, the affable Englishman is looking to cap off his fine season in style. A win this week could help him do exactly that as he tries to build on his current position of third in the Race to Dubai.
Ross Fisher (Current score: -8; T9)
Englishman Ross Fisher is not one of the big names in golf at the moment, but he seems to be recapturing the form that saw him lead all four majors at one point in 2009. With four top tens in his last six starts including a second and a third place finish, Fisher is rocketing up the World Rankings, Ryder Cup standings and the Race to Dubai as he is finishing his season in excellent form. Look for the 32-year-old to have a good week on a course that could suit his excellent long game.
Francesco Molinari (Current score: -7; T17)
Riding a wave of excellent form into this week, Francesco Molinari will be wanting to add a win to finish off his already great season. Having finished no worse than T21 in his last four starts, including a T2 at the BMW Masters, the first of the European Tour's inaugural Final Series, the Italian travels to Turkey in red hot form. Molinari will be hoping he can find success on a course that demands accurate ball striking, the Italian's biggest asset.
Henrik Stenson (Current score: -12; T1)
The current Race to Dubai leader and world number three Henrik Stenson will be expecting to have a good week in Turkey as he seeks to become the first player ever to win both the FedEx Cup and the Race to Dubai. The big Swede is chasing history and will want to celebrate his ridiculously good summer of golf with a good performance here and the Race to Dubai crown next week. After two average starts in a row by his standards though, he will need to pick up his form slightly if he wants to beat this top notch field. Watch out for the man from Gothenburg this week.
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