Saturday October 2015

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Race to victory heating up

Winner of Turkish Airlines Open in 2013, Frenchman Victor Dubuisson will try to secure another victory for the second time at Turkish Airlines Open’s final on Sunday, part of the European Tour Final Series first leg, in Belek Antalya. Overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl tied with Dubuisson under 16 at the end of third round to stay at the top of the leaderboard at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal. Jaco Van Zyl had fired a 61 on the opening day as he looks for a first European Tour title but he carded a 70 on round 3.

Race to Dubai leader Rory McIlroy joined Dubuisson signing for a third consecutive 67 and he heads into the final day just a single shot off the lead alongside Kiradech Aphibarnrat from Thailand. Looking for his third win of the season; Aphibarnrat took the lead following 15th hole, but closed the round with a bogey on the last hole.

Korean Byeong-hun An was then two shots further shot back after signing the lowest round of the day with a 65 with Englishman Chris Wood also at 13 under.


Dubuisson believes that there is an improvement in his short game and added, “I like it a lot. It’s a course that I feel great on it. It’s similar to a course I practice on when I’m not playing a tournament.” Dubuisson replied when asked after the round on a quick interview, “What do you like so much about this golf course?”   


Meanwhile local player from Belek Golf Academy, 19 year-old amateur Ali Altuntas carded the lowest score of a Turkish player on an European Tour tournament by signing under 5 on Round 3 at Turkish Airlines Open. The final round of the tournament will tee off at 9.00am on Sunday. The winner of the Turkish Airlines Open will earn 1,116,000 dollars.