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Euro Tour's Turkish Open Will Lead Into Season-Ending Dubai Event Next Three Years
Published October 10, 2012
GROWING THE GAME: The AP's Doug Ferguson wrote the "best measure of how much golf is growing around the world can be found in Turkey." Having the "biggest names in golf" participate in the Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals this week, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lee Westwood, "might inspire more interest in the game" in the country (AP, 10/9). Golfweek's Miceli said it is "just amazing how many people" were at first day of the World Golf Final yesterday. It showed "how quickly a sport like golf can become interesting to people who don’t even play it” ("Morning Drive," Golf Channel, 10/10). In London, Peter Dixon writes the "decent-sized galleries, heavily made up of British expats, enjoyed getting so close to the players and gave no hint of misbehaving." For the most part, "there was more of a garden-party atmosphere around the pristine Sultan Course than a full-on golf tournament" (LONDON TIMES, 10/10).
ROUGH START: In London, James Corrigan noted near the beginning of the World Golf Finals, a photographer claimed that he "had been headbutted" by Turkish Golf Federation President Ahmet Agaoglu. Cihat Unal, who works for a local news agency, "pressed assault charges" against Agaoglu. Unal's glasses "were broken and he immediately attended a police station to file his complaint" (TELEGRAPH.co.uk, 10/9).