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Leading golfers in Belek

Having welcomed elite professionals such as legendary Tiger Woods and Sergio Garcia in the past, the Montgomerie Maxx Royal will bring together the golf lovers and strong players once again. This giant tournament will witness the competition of golfers led by Rory McIlroy, who sat on the first place of the classification for 95 weeks and is currently the third after his injury. The first tournament of the four legs ahead of European Tour's final in Dubai, this organization will host 2010 PGA Championship and 2014 US Open winner Martin Kaymer from Germany, former world leader Lee Westwood from Britain, Welsh Jamie Donaldson also. 

Having 4 major titles in his career, Rory McIlroy from Northern Ireland is currently the leading player in Race to Dubai. 26-year-old McIlroy, who came to Turkey in 2012 for the first time and took part in Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, said he would be very happy as he would come to Turkey again: 
"I’m looking to finish the year strongly, so Turkey will be a key tournament. I didn’t perform my best here in 2012. It’s a really great holiday destination with a wonderful atmosphere, but this time I’m hoping for the glory as it’s a tournament I would really love to win. I should say that I was really impressed in the golf passion in Turkey. The end is close in Race to Dubai. A very exciting week is waiting for us in Montgomerie Maxx Royal." 


A source of pleasure for the golfers thanks to its condition, challenging structure and unique design, the Montgomerie Maxx Royal has gained a higher level in the golf world following the tournaments in 2013 and 2014. In 2013, French Victor Dubuisson won his first Tour title in Belek and had an incredible form increase then. 25-year-old Dubuisson was given the honour of representing Europe in Ryder Cup and added another golden ring to his career having won in that tournament as well.
Similarly, 2014's champion Brooks Koepka of USA, reached for his first ever Tour cup in Belek and climbed the steps of the classification ladder fast. He had a striking first win in this year's PGA Tour event in February. Having raised to the 17th place of the classification owing to his high points in the other tournaments, he is ambitious for this year's tournament in Belek as well...
These two championships are the reasons why the host Montgomerie Maxx Royal, which was designed by legendary Scottish player Colin Montgomerie, is called as the 'lucky course.'
Ahead of Turkish Airlines Open 2015, there will be two special meetings again. Pro-Am tournaments will be played in Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course on October 27 and 28. Teams consisting of three amateurs and a professional will be on the course to get the highest points at the end of the day. In Pro-Am, the most famous golfers of Turkey and the distinguishing figures of national- international golf society will be playing against groups led by professional players once again. 
President of the Turkish Golf Federation Ahmet Ağaoğlu said the journey that started with Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, which hosted the eight most prominent golfers in 2012 was in its third year thanks to Turkish Airlines Open:
"Such big events contribute to the promotion of Belek and Antalya, which are unique golf destinations, as well as adding positive values to Turkey's getting worldwide known. Turkey has become a country that suits global golf arena. The first and second meetings aroused much interest and the tournament was aired live in more than 40 countries. News about the tournament was published in 140 different countries. We are still working to have a perfect organization with the contribution of mainly Turkish Airlines and Maxx Royal as well as other sponsors. We want the local-foreign audience to watch another successful tournament."