In the Turkish Airlines Open at the Montgomerie Maxx course at Royal Antalya, Turkey brings a star-studded field as the European Tour offers its final chance for players to make the top 60 in the Race to Dubai.
Of course, the biggest name in this tournament isn't even eligible for the Race to Dubai. Tiger Woods has made the trek overseas to take on this 7,100-yard, par-72 layout.
Round scores in the low 60s are not out of the question at this vulnerable course.
Henrik Stenson will try to victimize that layout to increase his lead in the Race, and he could use some breathing room. After finishing 31st last week, the Swede saw his lead cut.
Here are the latest standings:
There will be no cuts in this 78-man field, and it is going to be an intense four days of golf, as these pros try to improve their position heading into next week's DP World Tour Championship.
When: Thursday, Nov. 7 to Sunday, Nov. 10
Where: The Montgomerie Maxx course at Royal Antalya, Turkey
Tee Times: Below are the Round 1 tee times. EuropeanTour.com will have tee times for the remaining rounds when they become available.
|Starting Tee||Time (GMT)||Player||Player||Player|
|10||9:05 a.m.||David Horsey||Morten Orum Madsen||Hamza Sayin|
|10||9:15||JB Hansen||Garth Mulroy||Ricardo Gonzalez|
|10||9:25||Thomas Aiken||Rafa Cabrera-Bello||John Parry|
|10||9:35||Maximilian Kieffer||Alex Noren||Ricardo Santos|
|10||9:45||Felipe Aguilar||George Coetzee||Richie Ramsay|
|10||9:55||Craig Lee||Raphael Jacquelin||Darren Fichardt|
|10||10:05||Robert-Jan Derksen||Paul Waring||Kiradech Aphibarnrat|
|10||10:15||Eddie Pepperell||Ediz Kemaloglu||Graeme Storm|
|10||10:25||Eduardo De La Riva||Steve Webster||Marcus Fraser|
|10||10:35||Alejandro Canizares||Grégory Havret||David Drysdale|
|10||10:45||Damien McGrane||Justin Walters||Ali Altuntas|
|10||10:55||Julien Quesne||Victor Dubuisson||Bernd Wiesberger|
|10||11:05||Danny Willett||Soren Kjeldsen||Simon Khan|
|1||9:05 a.m.||Wen-chong Liang||Ross Fisher||Marc Warren|
|1||9:15||Shane Lowry||Paul Lawrie||Marcel Siem|
|1||9:25||David Lynn||Thorbjorn Olesen||Pablo Larrazabal|
|1||9:35||Jonas Blixt||Chris Wood||Stephen Gallacher|
|1||9:45||Colin Montgomerie||Padraig Harrington||Scott Jamieson|
|1||9:55||Tommy Fleetwood||Gregory Bourdy||Paul Casey|
|1||10:05||David Howell||Nicolas Colsaerts||Joost Luiten|
|1||10:15||Branden Grace||Francesco Molinari||Peter Uihlein|
|1||10:25||Jamie Donaldson||Brett Rumford||Thongchai Jaidee|
|1||10:35||Richard Sterne||Miguel Angel Jimenez||Louis Oosthuizen|
|1||10:45||Martin Kaymer||Charl Schwartzel||Thomas Bjorn|
|1||10:55||Lee Westwood||Ian Poulter||Matteo Manassero|
|1||11:05||Tiger Woods||Justin Rose||Henrik Stenson|
Players To Watch
Woods may not have a shot at the Race, but he still has ample reasons to play in this event. Three million reasons, speculates CBS' Kyle Porter. Porter passes along that reports have the world No. 1 pocketing $3 million for appearing.
Before we all start judging Woods on being motivated solely by greed, the worldwide star is also intent on growing the game he loves. Porter passes along that Woods has been busy on his current Asia Tour holding events and teaching clinics for youth.
He also may have become the first man to drive a ball into a different continent:
Given the fact this is really Woods' offseason and the others in the field are geared up to win the Race, I would be surprised if he walked away with the win.
Reigning U.S. Open champ Justin Rose finished fifth last week to move closer to Stenson. The two are now paired together on the opening day—along with Woods. Will there be any spectators left to follow any of the other groups?
Rose is in position to claim the top spot in the Race with a strong showing, and chances are good he will do just that.
Last year, when this tournament was still an exhibition, Rose won the event.
Also, the Englishman will receive a bonus of 20 percent on the points he earns this week because he's played in all three Final Series events.
It is going to be hard for Stenson to keep Rose at bay.
An amazing year for Stenson could get even more lucrative should he hold on to his lead in the Race over the next two events.
He's moved up to third in the world golf rankings and recently won the FedEx Cup and the $10 million prize that comes with it.
Still, while Stenson was the hottest golfer on the planet to close the PGA year, he has dropped off a bit as of late.
His busy season appears to have taken a toll. Stenson struggled with a swollen wrist and forearm last week. An MRI didn't reveal any damage, but the Swede, as Cassie Stein of Golf Week details, admitted it limited his range of motion.
The injury isn't keeping him from practicing:
Given all of this, it is hard to see Stenson winning this tournament, but then again, he's been full of surprises this year.