The Race to Dubai, the European Tour’s season-long competitors that includes 47 tournaments in 31 nations, is approaching the end line.
Which is why the Turkish Airways Open is necessary. It offers the professionals their second-to-last probability to gather factors heading into Dubai. Their closing alternative will come this month on the Nedbank Golf Problem in South Africa.
The occasion in Turkey will return to the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course, the place it was held from 2013 to 2015.
Listed below are some gamers to observe.
Willett, who rallied from 5 pictures right down to seize the 2016 Masters, fell to No. 462 on the earth rankings two years later. There isn’t any assure that gamers who undergo a stoop of such magnitude come near regaining their previous type.
But Willett, 32, of England, has achieved simply that, climbing to No. 30. In September, he captured the BMW PGA Championship to report his second European Tour victory in 10 months and his seventh over all.
He took a number of large steps again not too long ago on the CJ Cup at 9 Bridges in South Korea, ending in a tie for 46th, and on the WGC-HSBC Champions occasion in China, the place he was unable to interrupt 76 in his final three rounds. Nonetheless, it could not be an enormous shock if Willett had been to rebound in Turkey. He tied for fourth on this course in 2014, and tied for 11th in 2015.
“I’m again to, not the place we need to get to, however we’re now again to a spot the place we really feel we ought to be just a little bit extra comfy,” Willett stated.
Talking of comebacks, one other exceptional one has been Wiesberger’s.
Contemplate that Wiesberger, 34, of Austria was out of motion the final seven months of 2018 due to a wrist harm. As not too long ago as Might, he had dropped to No. 378 within the rankings.
These days appear way back. Together with his win on the Italian Open final month, his third title this season, he has made an early assertion in his bid to qualify for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin, which might be his first look in that occasion. He’s at present No. 1 within the Race to Dubai.
He has achieved his success with out compiling probably the most spectacular statistics in a few essential classes. In placing, Wiesberger ranks 93rd in strokes gained; off the tee, he’s averaging lower than 300 yards. He does rank ninth in greens in regulation.
Wiesberger, No. 24 on the earth, has not emerged out of nowhere. He has received seven occasions on the European Tour since 2012.
For one factor, although it was on a distinct golf course, Rose has received this event for 2 straight years — by one stroke in 2017, and in a playoff final 12 months after Li Haotong of China three-putted from 12 toes. For one more, he’s the No. eight participant on the earth and one of many favorites each time he tees it up.
This previous season, in 17 begins on the PGA Tour, Rose, 39, of England, recorded seven high 10s, together with a victory on the Farmers Insurance coverage Open in January and a tie for third in the USA Open.
Whereas Rose has not received on the European Tour since he prevailed in Turkey final 12 months, the 2016 Olympic champion is attempting to develop into the primary participant since Tiger Woods in 2007 to seize the identical European Tour occasion (the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational) three years in a row.
After accumulating three victories in 2018, Wallace has failed to achieve the winner’s circle this 12 months. But given his play on the large stage — a tie for third within the PGA Championship, a tie for 12th within the U.S. Open — he has proven he can nonetheless compete.
Wallace, 29, of England will definitely not lack for motivation. He’s sixth within the Race to Dubai, and has posted 4 high 15s in his final six appearances, together with a 3rd on the KLM Open and a tie for seventh on the Italian Open in Rome, and a tie for eighth on the Portugal Masters.
Sure, he fired an 84 on Day 2 in China, however, on the opposite three days, he shot a 69, 70 and 69.
He has been stable on the greens — Wallace ranks 14th in strokes gained — and from the tee, the place he averages just a little over 304 yards.
MacIntyre, 23, of Scotland certain doesn’t look like a rookie — not the best way he has performed in 2019. The one factor he has not achieved is win.
The left-hander, who spent greater than a 12 months at McNeese State College in Louisiana, has completed second thrice, in addition to tying for fourth within the Italian Open and tying for sixth within the Open Championship at Royal Portrush. He shot a 68 on Sunday, tied for the third-lowest rating of the day.
MacIntyre is clearly stuffed with confidence.
In Italy, he hit a drive off the green on the 623-yard par-5 ninth gap. He made a double bogey on the opening earlier than that. His daring transfer paid off as he reached the inexperienced in two, though he needed to accept a birdie.
Erik van Rooyen
Van Rooyen, 29, additionally had a powerful displaying in Italy, ending in a tie for 10th. The South African native has put collectively a stable 12 months, his second on the European Tour.
He received the Scandinavian Invitation in August, and adopted up with three high 15s in his subsequent 4 begins. Earlier this season, he tied for eighth within the P.G.A. Championship.
“The work that I’ve achieved during the last 12 months and a half or so is certainly paying off now,” stated van Rooyen, who’s 10th within the Race to Dubai.
It’s secure to say that a few of his success outcomes from his brief recreation. In placing, he ranks seventh in strokes gained. The victory in Scandinavia helped his confidence.
“I understand how to scrub issues up after I’m in that place,” he stated. “It’s such a satisfying feeling.”
Reed, 29, the 2018 Masters champion who’s ranked 15th on the earth, has been enjoying very effectively during the last three months.
In August on the PGA Tour, Reed captured the Northern Belief, the primary occasion within the FedEx Cup playoffs, and tied for 19th on the BMW Championship and tied for ninth on the Tour Championship. On the European Tour, he tied for 15th within the KLM Open, and tied for fourth within the BMW PGA Championship.
Final week, in China, after a gap 72, Reed, shot 69, 69 and 66 to tie for eighth.