Unlike most tournaments that are watered down with weaker competition to fill the field, this match play event features only eight of the best players in the world.
Four of the top five players in the world rankings are included in this high-paying event, and only Charl Schwartzel is outside of the top 20.
Many of these players will carry over the energy from the Ryder Cup, and it will lead to some exciting head-to-head matches. Hopefully, the championship will include the Tiger Woods-Rory McIlroy matchup everyone has been anxiously waiting for.
Where: Antalya Golf Club, Belek Antalya, Turkey
When: October 9 - October 12
Total Prize Money: $5.2 million
Field: Tiger Woods, Charl Schwartzel, Lee Westwood, Rory Mcllroy, Hunter Mahan, Matt Kuchar, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson
|October 8||3 p.m. ET||Practice Day|
|October 9||5:30 - 6 a.m. ET||Tee times|
|October 10||2:30 - 3 a.m. ET||Tee times|
|October 10||7 - 7:30 a.m. ET||Tee times|
|October 11||2:00 - 2:10 a.m. ET||Semifinals|
|October 12||2.30 a.m. ET||Final|
Golfers to Watch
The most popular golfer in the world continued his struggles in match play at the Ryder Cup. Although he was second in the money list this year, he was unable to win a single match in the tournament between the United States and Europe.
Steve Stricker did not provide much help as Woods' teammate, but this time the superstar is on his own.
He should be able to have a solid run if he can get more consistent on the greens.
The No. 1 golfer in the world is getting used to winning. Before helping lead team Europe to an amazing last-day comeback in the Ryder Cup, he personally won three of the last five tournaments he entered.
McIlroy had 11 straight rounds in the 60s until Sunday of the Tour Championship, and he should continue this level of dominance into the World Golf Final.
Westwood did not fare well in the foursome rounds at the Ryder Cup. He lost both rounds in the alternate shot format, but was 2-0 when able to use his own ball. This includes a late singles win over Matt Kuchar, who is also in this field.
The English golfer rarely blows anyone away with his play, but he can perform well enough to stay in front in this type of event.
Predicted Winner: Rory McIlroy
No one in the world is playing better than McIlroy. This will not change this week as the youngster once again destroys his competition.
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