Turkish Airlines guide

A preview, stats and tips for this week's Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx

By Dave Tindall Twitter: @DaveTindallgolf.   Last Updated: 05/11/13 3:31pm

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The Montgomerie Maxx Royal is very tree-lined

The Montgomerie Maxx Royal is very tree-lined

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Week three of the inaugural Final Series witnesses a first-ever journey into Turkey for the European Tour.

This lucrative tournament will be held over The Montgomerie Maxx course at Royal Antalya, which was opened five years ago and is located close to Turkey's Mediterranean coast.

The venue is overlooked by the Taurus Mountains, has above average-sized greens, well-contoured fairways and is very tree-lined.

And, as its title suggests, the course is named after Colin Montgomerie who led the design team.

At the conclusion of this event, the leading 60 players in The Race to Dubai standings will qualify for the season-ending DP World Tour Championship.

Henrik Stenson, who plays this week, currently tops the rankings although nearest rival Graeme McDowell is absent.

Tiger Woods, who can't qualify for the Race To Dubai, is the warm favourite this week.

Looking up to the 10th green by the clubhouse

CURRENT FORM on EUROPEAN TOUR

Last Ten Tournament Weeks

Player: 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8 / 9 / 10

Felipe Aguilar: - / 39 / MC / 58 / 4 / 63 / 38 / - / 57 / -
Thomas Aiken: - / - / MC / 16 / 38 / MC / 38 / - / 61 / -
Kiradech Aphibarnrat: - / MC / 44 / - / - / - / - / - / - / 55
Thomas Bjorn: MC / 58 / Won / - / - / - / 57 / - / 5 / 39
Jonas Blixt: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 63
Gregory Bourdy: 23 / Won / 44 / - / 42 / 50 / - / - / 13 / 21
Rafael Cabrera-Bello: 35 / 15 / - / 46 / MC / MC / 38 / - / 8 / -
Alejandro Canizares: MC / MC / 4 / 67 / 38 / 24 / 63 / - / 44 / -
Paul Casey: - / - / 15 / 41 / - / 50 / - / MC / 8 / 20
George Coetzee: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 57 / 74
Nicolas Colsaerts: - / - / - / Wd / 4 / - / 15 / - / 44 / -
Eduardo De La Riva: 49 / 15 / 57 / 16 / MC / 40 / 26 / - / 17 / -
Robert-Jan Derksen: - / - / MC / MC / 8 / MC / 8 / - / - / -
Jamie Donaldson: - / - / MC / - / - / 26 / 6 / - / 34 / 8
David Drysdale: 10 / 31 / MC / 30 / 23 / MC / 57 / 56 / - / -
Victor Dubuisson: - / Wd / 3 / - / - / - / 17 / - / 44 / -
Gonzalo F'dez-Castano: - / 8 / 49 / - / 38 / - / 57 / - / Won / 39
Darren Fichardt: 42 / MC / Dq / 16 / - / MC / - / - / 24 / 61
Ross Fisher: 17 / 62 / 5 / 3 / - / MC / 8 / 2 / 34 / -
Tommy Fleetwood: Won / MC / 9 / 30 / - / 5 / 26 / - / 34 / 18
Marcus Fraser: - / - / 20 / 16 / 8 / MC / - / 18 / 12 / -
Stephen Gallacher: 2 / Ret / 9 / - / - / MC / 3 / - / 53 / 63
Ricardo Gonzalez: 2 / Dq / MC / MC / 32 / 7 / 38 / - / 17 / -
Branden Grace: - / - / MC / - / - / 59 / - / 43 / 61 / 39
Anders Hansen: 17 / 8 / MC / MC / - / 40 / MC / - / - / -
JB Hansen: MC / - / - / MC / 53 / 55 / MC / 7 / - / -
Padraig Harrington: - / - / 41 / MC / - / 40 / - / - / 27 / -
Gregory Havret: 35 / MC / 7 / 3 / MC / 40 / 70 / 36 / - / -
Dave Horsey: 14 / - / MC / 9 / 16 / 20 / 51 / - / 17 / -
David Howell: 17 / Ret / 26 / 41 / 53 / Won / 51 / - / 61 / 70
Raphael Jacquelin: 58 / 68 / - / MC / MC / MC / 63 / - / 48 / 73
Thongchai Jaidee: 17 / 26 / 9 / - / - / MC / MC / - / 2 / 46
Scott Jamieson: MC / 43 / - / 67 / 23 / 17 / 13 / - / 8 / -
Miguel Angel Jimenez: - / MC / 5 / 2 / - / - / 57 / - / 60 / 72
Martin Kaymer: - / - / - / - / - / 7 / 13 / - / 13 / 8
Simon Khan: Wd / MC / - / MC / 53 / 50 / - / - / 65 / -
Maximilian Kieffer: MC / 52 / 13 / MC / 14 / MC / 26 / - / 30 / -
Soren Kjeldsen: MC / 3 / 54 / 8 / MC / 26 / 46 / 43 / 17 / -
Pablo Larrazabal: MC / MC / MC / 9 / - / 17 / 8 / - / 5 / -
Paul Lawrie: 28 / - / 12 / - / - / MC / 38 / - / 34 / -
Craig Lee: 14 / 31 / 2 / MC / - / MC / MC / 28 / 17 / -
Wen-Chong Liang: - / - / - / MC / - / - / - / - / 53 / 15
Shane Lowry: 10 / - / - / 26 / - / 3 / MC / - / 24 / -
Joost Luiten: - / 4 / 44 / Won / - / 24 / 51 / - / Ret / -
David Lynn: - / - / - / - / - / MC / Won / - / - / 39
Morten Orum Madsen: 14 / MC / - / MC / 16 / 12 / 51 / - / - / -
Matteo Manassero: - / - / 34 / 26 / 42 / - / MC / - / - / 21
Damien McGrane: MC / 6 / MC / 3 / 59 / MC / MC / - / - / -
Francesco Molinari: 42 / MC / MC / - / 16 / - / 17 / - / 2 / 21
Colin Montgomerie: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -
Garth Mulroy: - / - / - / MC / 53 / 6 / 46 / - / 17 / -
Alex Noren: - / - / - / - / - / 40 / 46 / - / 53 / -
Thorbjorn Olesen: 9 / MC / - / MC / - / MC / - / - / 31 / -
Louis Oosthuizen: - / - / - / - / - / MC / - / - / 59 / 15
John Parry: 23 / 4 / MC / MC / - / MC / - / - / - / -
Eddie Pepperell: 28 / 68 / MC / MC / - / 26 / 26 / - / - / -
Ian Poulter: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 15 / 2
Julien Quesne: MC / 58 / 41 / 7 / Won / 20 / 46 / - / 34 / -
Richie Ramsay: 10 / - / MC / 22 / 59 / 33 / 70 / - / - / -
Robert Rock: MC / 15 / - / 75 / MC / MC / 26 / - / - / -
Justin Rose: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 5
Brett Rumford: 6 / 8 / 15 / - / - / MC / - / 6 / 15 / 76
Ricardo Santos: 35 / 64 / MC / 73 / MC / MC / MC / - / 34 / -
Charl Schwartzel: - / - / - / - / - / 7 / - / - / - / -
Marcel Siem: - / - / - / - / - / - / 17 / - / 34 / -
Henrik Stenson: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 34 / 31
Richard Sterne: - / - / 13 / - / - / 50 / - / - / 31 / 39
Graeme Storm: MC / 6 / MC / MC / 73 / 35 / 57 / - / - / -
Peter Uihlein: MC / 2 / MC / - / - / 2 / - / - / 5 / 55
Justin Walters: MC / 26 / MC / MC / 66 / 26 / 2 / 18 / - / -
Paul Waring: 6 / 18 / MC / 16 / - / MC / 3 / - / - / -
Marc Warren: MC / MC / MC / MC / - / 35 / MC / - / 67 / -
Romain Wattel: MC / 52 / MC / MC / 8 / 40 / 26 / - / - / -
Steve Webster: MC / MC / - / - / 2 / MC / MC / - / 48 / -
Lee Westwood: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / 24 / 55
Bernd Wiesberger: 4 / MC / - / - / 23 / 12 / 3 / - / 17 / -
Danny Willett: 63 / MC / 26 / MC / - / MC / 63 / 3 / 27 / -
Chris Wood: - / 39 / - / MC / - / 7 / 26 / - / 75 / 39
Tiger Woods: - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / - / -

Tournament Key:

1 - Johnnie Walker Ch'ship (Scotland); 2 - ISPS Handa Wales Open; 3 - Omega European Masters (Switzerland); 4 - KLM Dutch Open; 5 - Italian Open; 6 - Dunhill Links Championship (Scotland); 7 - Portugal Masters; 8 - Perth International Championship (Australia); 9 - BMW Masters (China); 10 - HSBC Champions (China)

Note: Above player list includes highest-ranking reserves from Race to Duabi standings but not local invitations.

Royal Antalya (The Montgomerie Maxx): Par 72; 7,151 yards

Conclusion

Justin Rose: Could be the man to beat this week

If a tournament was held anywhere in the world at the moment, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose would likely be on most shortlists.

Poulter is coming off an excellent second place to Dustin Johnson in the WGC-HSBC Champions while Rose, in his first start since a sixth place in September's Tour Championship, finished fifth in Shanghai after closing 65-68 on the weekend.

But one look at this week's venue - the Montgomerie Maxx Royal - and the two Englishman spring to mind again.

This fact that the track is tree-lined immediately sounds a Poulter and Rose klaxon.

The former honed his craft at Woburn while Rose won the Money List in 2007 after a win at Valderrama. You'll find plenty of other good performances on tree-lined tracks by this pair and quite simply having the course framed in this way suits their eye.

The duo also make lots of birdies and with a winning score of around 20-under par predicted this week you'd expect the form players to keep racking up the red numbers.

No-one hit more par fives in two than Rose in last week's HSBC so with five to go at this week it should also play into the US Open champ's hands.

And, of course, don't forget he won last year's matchplay event in Turkey so has happy memories of this part of the world.

The prices, as you might expect, aren't exciting although Tiger's presence makes them more palatable than they might have been.

There's not much rocket science involved here but getting with Rose at 10s and Poulter at 16s is the way to go given that both will also be highly motivated as they seek to chase down Henrik Stenson at the top of the Race To Dubai Standings.

Let's see.... tree-lined, nice, warm weather and a resort course.

That brings Spanish players to mind and the 80/1 about Miguel Angel Jimenez jumps out.

The veteran has finished fourth at both Wentworth and Firestone this year (too heavily tree-lined courses) and loves a bit of sun on his back.

Although he's gone off the boil a bit since finishing fifth at Crans and second at the KLM in September, he has too many veteran smarts to be down for long and this looks a great chance for him to bounce back.

The course isn't overly long and should really suit so he really does look a good each-way play at 80/1.

Best bets

4pts win Justin Rose at 10/1
2pts e.w. Ian Poulter at 16/1 (1/4 1,2,3,4,5)
1pt e.w. Miguel Angel Jimenez at 80/1 (1/4 1,2,3,4,5)

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