European Golf Tour
PGA European - Turkish Airlines Open Preview
From The Sports Network

DATES: Thursday, November 7th through Sunday, November 10th
SITE: The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Antalya, Turkey
COURSE ARCHITECT: Colin Montgomerie (2008)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,100
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 5 571 Yds10 - Par 4 362 Yds
2 - Par 3 162 Yds11 - Par 5 570 Yds
3 - Par 4 369 Yds12 - Par 4 490 Yds
4 - Par 5 576 Yds13 - Par 5 564 Yds
5 - Par 3 224 Yds14 - Par 3 176 Yds
6 - Par 4 482 Yds15 - Par 4 337 Yds
7 - Par 4 459 Yds16 - Par 3 180 Yds
8 - Par 3 182 Yds17 - Par 4 392 Yds
9 - Par 4 446 Yds18 - Par 5 558 Yds
35 3,471 Yds37 3,629 Yds
Annual:  1st
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Sunday -- 6-10 a.m. (et)
Total Purse:  $7,000,000
Payouts:  1st Place - $1,166,600; 2nd Place - $780,000; 3rd Place - $440,000
Past Turkish Airlines Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
1stYear of the Event

Top Players in the Field
Jonas BlixtWon The Greebrier Classic on PGA Tour, World No. 39
Martin Kaymer2010 PGA Championship winner, World No. 34
Matteo ManasseroWon BMW PGA Championship, World No. 35
Louis OosthuizenWon Volvo Golf Champions, World No. 30
Ian Poulter2nd last week at WGC-HSBC Champions, World No. 17
Justin RoseWon U.S. Open Championship, World No. 5
Charl SchwartzelWon Alfred Dunhill Championship, World No. 21
Henrik Stenson2 wins on PGA Tour in 2013, World No. 3
Lee Westwood22 career European Tour victories, World No. 23
Tiger Woods5 wins on PGA Tour in 2013, World No. 1

Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Justin Rose
Darkhorse - Martin Kaymer
Last Week's Pick to Win - (Phil Mickelson) - Finished 14th
Last Week's Darkhorse - (Francesco Molinari) - Finished tied for 21st
NOTES:The European Tour travels to Turkey this week for the inaugural Turkish
Airlines Open in Antalya at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal. Many of the best players in the world are on hand this week, including three of the top five - Tiger Woods (1), Henrik Stenson (3) and Justin Rose (5).

Woods is playing for the first time in a stroke-play event since the Tour Championship on the PGA Tour in September. He won five times on the PGA Tour in 2013, including two WGC events, and was named PGA Tour Player of the Year. Stenson won the FedExCup on the PGA Tour after winning two playoff events, including the Tour Championship. Rose captured his first major championship in June at the U.S. Open.

Stenson currently leads Graeme McDowell by 145,865 euros in the Race to Dubai. Rose is 325,100 euros behind Stenson. McDowell is not in the field this week. This is the last event prior to the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai next week.

The Montgomerie Maxx Royal was designed by Colin Montgomerie in association with European Golf Design and opened for play in 2008. Montgomerie is in the field this week. This is the first time the European Tour has played in Turkey. The country becomes the 41st different nation to hold a European Tour event.

The European Tour heads to Dubai next week for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai, where Rory McIlroy will defend his title.

11/05 15:37:52 ET

As of November 5, 2013, at 03:37 PM ET