The first tournament of the Race to Dubai final series is the Turkish Airlines Open, which takes place for the third time at the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort. The field is limited to just 78. This includes the leading 70 players on the Race to Dubai, five invitations and three Turkish players selected by the Turkish Golf Federation. The par 72 Regnum Carya course measures in at only 6,600 yards and is modelled on traditional British heathland courses.
Winding through the coastal pine forest close to the Mediterranean Sea, this venue is all about strategy. Players need to find the correct position on the fairways to attack the greens. The defending champion is Justin Rose, who won by a single shot from Dylan Frittelli and Nicolas Colsaerts last year. Prior to its move to the Regnum resort, this tournament spent three years at the Montgomerie Maxx. Victor Dubuisson won there twice and Brooks Koepka once.
Turkish Airlines Open Favourites
Rose has been in tremendous form of late, finishing no worse than eighth in his last five starts. The world number three is a warm favourite with every bookmaker this week. Betfred are offering best odds of 9/2*. Rose’s fellow Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood is the other leading contender. He is an 8/1* chance with Bet365, Ladbrokes and Coral. After the top two in the betting there is a small leap to the Dane Thorbjorn Olesen. He is available at a best price of 16/1* with Bet365 and William Hill. Following is Shane Lowry, who finished second at the recent Andalucia Masters. The Irishman is priced at 20/1* with most bookmakers. Haotong Li has finished fifth, ninth and 11th on his last three starts and is a 25/1* chance with Betfred. Li finished second here two years ago.
Turkish Airlines Open Tips
Julian Suri bagged his first European Tour win in 2017 at the Made in Denmark event and 2018 has been another productive year for the American, who has retained his top 100 ranking. He spent much of the summer attempting to earn a PGA Tour card before returning to Europe to finish in a share of fifth place at the Sky Sports British Masters in early October. Suri doesn’t miss many cuts – only four in 25 starts this year – and shared eighth place when he played at this venue for the first time 12 months ago. He can be backed at 40/1* pretty much across the board.
Joost Luiten’s season was going swimmingly before he was sidelined by a wrist injury at the end of May. But he returned to action with an impressive performance at the Andalucia Masters and looks ready to pick up his fine form once again. Before injury struck the Dutch star had won in Oman and posted further top 10s in India and Morocco, continuing the consistently good golf that has kept him in the world’s top 100 for eight years. He’s as short as 25/1 with Ladbrokes and Coral but is a 35/1* shot with Bet365.
*Odds subject to change.