Turkish Airlines Open 2013: Tee Times, Date and More

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent INovember 6, 2013

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: 

Race To Dubai Standings
1Henrik Stenson2,203,260
2Graeme McDowell2,057,395
3Justin Rose1,878,160
4Ian Poulter1,660,736
5Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano1,559,462
6Richard Sterne1,398,888
7Matteo Manassero1,324,323
8Thongchai Jaidee1,317,190
9Thomas Bjorn1,289,213
10Sergio Garcia1,280,581
Source: EuropeanTour.com

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.  

Turkish Airlines Open Round 1 Tee Times
Starting TeeTime (GMT)PlayerPlayerPlayer
109:05 a.m.David HorseyMorten Orum MadsenHamza Sayin
109:15JB HansenGarth MulroyRicardo Gonzalez
109:25Thomas AikenRafa Cabrera-BelloJohn Parry
109:35Maximilian KiefferAlex NorenRicardo Santos
109:45Felipe AguilarGeorge CoetzeeRichie Ramsay
109:55Craig LeeRaphael JacquelinDarren Fichardt
1010:05Robert-Jan DerksenPaul WaringKiradech Aphibarnrat
1010:15Eddie PepperellEdiz KemalogluGraeme Storm
1010:25Eduardo De La RivaSteve WebsterMarcus Fraser
1010:35Alejandro CanizaresGrégory HavretDavid Drysdale
1010:45Damien McGraneJustin WaltersAli Altuntas
1010:55Julien QuesneVictor DubuissonBernd Wiesberger
1011:05Danny WillettSoren KjeldsenSimon Khan
19:05 a.m.Wen-chong LiangRoss FisherMarc Warren
19:15Shane LowryPaul LawrieMarcel Siem
19:25David LynnThorbjorn OlesenPablo Larrazabal
19:35Jonas BlixtChris WoodStephen Gallacher
19:45Colin MontgomeriePadraig HarringtonScott Jamieson
19:55Tommy FleetwoodGregory BourdyPaul Casey
110:05David HowellNicolas ColsaertsJoost Luiten
110:15Branden GraceFrancesco MolinariPeter Uihlein
110:25Jamie DonaldsonBrett RumfordThongchai Jaidee
110:35Richard SterneMiguel Angel JimenezLouis Oosthuizen
110:45Martin KaymerCharl SchwartzelThomas Bjorn
110:55Lee WestwoodIan PoulterMatteo Manassero
111:05Tiger WoodsJustin RoseHenrik Stenson
Source: EuropeanTour.com


Players To Watch 

Tiger Woods

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.


Justin Rose

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. 


Henrik Stenson

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. 


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