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Golf’s Rising Stars are Prepare for Turkish Airlines Open

Three of golf’s most exciting young players will be competing at the Turkish Airlines Open this week – with all of them looking to make their mark in the rising star of global golf destinations.

China’s Li Hao-Tong, South Korea’s Byeong Hun An and Matt Fitzpatrick from England will all be tackling the stunning Montgomerie Maxx Royal course – kicking off the final set of tournaments on the Road to Dubai.

Turkey is a fitting destination to showcase some of golf’s most exciting young players, as the country is making similar waves among the established golf destinations – with new courses and golfing experiences to challenge the very best in the world.

All three of the young rising stars competing in this year’s Turkish Airlines Open know a thing or two about challenging golf’s established order in a similar way. Earlier this month Matt Fitzpatrick won the British Masters 2015, his first professional triumph, and finished third in the Hong Kong Open this week.

Fitzpatrick said: “It was brilliant to win earlier this month and I really hope I can continue my form into the Turkish Airlines Open. I have heard so much about the brilliant golf in Turkey, so can’t wait to get out there and see what I can do!”

Byeong Hun An, who announced himself on the world golfing scene by winning the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth this year, is also looking to make an impact in Turkey.

An said: “It feels amazing to be part of a big group of golfers coming from South Korea and competing at the top of the sport. I have experienced how my country has grown as a golf destination and hear similar things are happening in Turkey. I can’t wait to find out for myself!”

Li Hao-Tong completes the set of rising stars playing at the Turkish Airlines Open next month, and after coming tantalisingly close to winning the Shenzhen International earlier in the year he is hoping to go one better in Turkey.

Li said: “I’m so excited to get to Turkey and play again against some of the best players on the planet. The other players on Tour have told me some great things about playing this tournament, and playing golf in this country. I’m really looking forward to getting going!”

The Turkish Airlines Open takes place between October 29 and November 1, with 78 players – also including Rory McIlroy, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Darren Clarke – competing for a prize fund of $7 million.

Notes to Editors:

The Turkish Airlines Open, 2015 Event Information

Venue: The Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Belek, Turkey

Dates: Thursday 29 October to Sunday 01 November

Pro-Am Events on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 October

Prize Purse: $7m

Tickets: Can be purchased in advance via the tournament website www.turkishairlinesopen.com or at the gates.

Turkish Golf Federation

The Turkish Golf Federation (TGF) was established in 1996 and offers a range of national and international tournaments each year. This is the third year TGF has promoted the Turkish Airlines Open and it also put on the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final and the World Amateur Team Championship in 2012.

The key aim of the TGF is the development of golf in Turkey, including the offer of a free golf programme for Turkish citizens. For more information, please visit: www.tgf.org.tr

About Turkish Airlines:

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 296 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 278 destinations worldwide with 230 international and 48 domestic. According to Skytrax survey of 2015, Turkish Airlines was chosen “Europe’s Best Airline” for the fifth and “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the seventh consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world’s “Best Economy Catering Service”, in 2013 the world’s “Best Business Catering Service”, and in 2014 “Best Business Catering Service” awards, Turkish Airlines was this year awarded the world’s “Best Business Class Lounge Dining” and “Best Business Airline Lounge” prizes in the Skytrax survey. More information about Turkish Airlines can be found on www.turkishairlines.com.

About Star Alliance:

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. The integration of Avianca Brasil is currently in progress. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,321 airports in 193 countries. For additional information visit www.staralliance.com and/or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Youtube or LinkedIn.

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