Tiger Woods is returning to Turkey this fall, but it won’t be a high-stakes match play event like it was last year when he played in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final. This time it will be a 78-man field called the Turkish Airlines Open and part of the European Tour Finals Series (their version of the FedExCup).
“I had a great time during my first visit to Turkey,” Woods said in a statement. “Turkish Airlines, the Turkish Golf Federation and the fans who came to watch made it a really special event, and I’m looking forward to playing there once again.”
Woods is likely getting an appearance fee, which goes for around $3 million. Not bad for a week’s worth of work, eh?
ISM’s Chubby Chandler is handling the promotion for the tournament.
“We almost based the date around which week he could play, and this week suited the European Tour and Tiger Woods,” Chandler told PA Sport in London. “The other 77 names in the field will not be familiar to Turkish fans, but Tiger Woods is. To have the World No. 1 there, it always makes it special if a European Tour player can win with Tiger in the field.”
Turkey has gotten into the golf business in hopes that it will help the country’s bid for the 2020 Olympics.