Turkish delight at Woods return

World number one Tiger Woods will appear in the £4.6million Turkish Open in November.

Tiger Woods

The event in Turkey is of the four events which will make up the European Tour's inaugural Final Series on the Race to Dubai.

The tournament will be sponsored by Turkish Airlines, who also staged the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final last year, a match play event in which Woods lost in the semi-final to eventual winner Justin Rose.

Woods said: "I had a great time during my first visit to Turkey. Turkish Airlines, the Turkish Golf Federation and the fans who came to watch made it a really special event and I'm looking forward to playing there once again."

Tournament promoter Andrew Chandler of International Sports Management said: "He (Woods) had a pretty good time last year. We almost based the date around which week he could play and this week suited the European Tour and Tiger Woods.

"The other 77 names in the field will not be familiar to Turkish fans, but Tiger Woods is. To have the world number one there, it always makes it special if a European Tour player can win with Tiger in the field."

The tournament will be staged on the Colin Montgomerie-designed course at the Maxx Royal resort the week before the season-ending Dubai World Tour Championship, and is part of the country's continuing attempts to promote Turkey as a golfing destination and boost Istanbul's bid to host the 2020 Olympics.

And organisers will be hoping there will be no repeat of the scenes last year, which saw the president of the Turkish Golf Federation Ahmet Agaoglu accused of headbutting a journalist amid chaotic scenes on the first tee before Woods' opening match with Charl Schwartzel.

"Some of the cameramen and photographers were in front of Tiger's line and they had been warned several times by the marshals," Agaoglu said at the time.

"They didn't leave their places and naturally the security people pushed them. Probably they didn't like it and they started shouting to the security guys.

"I was being pushed by one of them and pushed them back as well, the poor guy (local journalist Cihat Unal) was in the wrong place in the wrong time.

"While organising such tournaments I shouldn't have to be there, but I am trying to make everything so perfect. It was unlucky it happened and I will give a written apology because one way or another it was not nice."



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