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New Turkish event to go ahead
Last updated: 8th October 2012
The Turkish Airlines World Golf Finals will start on Tuesday as planned despite an outbreak of violence in the country.
The event, which is taking place for the first time, is scheduled to get under at the Antalya Golf Club in Belek on Tuesday but with neighbours Syria engaging in cross-border bombings, the tournament was thrown into doubt.
However, with the violence confined to the south-east of the country and Belek some way away in the south-west, the players appear not to be at risk. As such, organisers have confirmed that the competition will proceed as scheduled.
Reuters have reported that the eight-man field of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose, Matt Kuchar, Webb Simpson and Charl Schwartzel have all arrived in Turkey.
The event is not part of the European Tour, but features a total prize purse of £3.2million (not including what are undoubtedly some hefty appearance fees), with £935,000 to the winner, £620,000 for the runner-up and even £187,000 for seventh and eighth.
The format is medal match play - head-to-head matches with the lowest strokeplay score over 18 holes winning one point - and each player will play three matches in the group stages; one on Tuesday and two on Wednesday.
The winner of Group One will then face the runner-up of Group Two, and vice versa, in Thursday's semi-finals, with the final to be staged on Friday.
McIlroy and Woods will face each other in the final game on Wednesday in a match-up that did not materialise at the Ryder Cup, by which time they could already be through to the semi-finals if they win their opening two games.
Unsurprisingly, the tournament has not gone down well with either the European or US PGA Tour, although it will finish on Friday so as not to clash with weekend coverage of the Portuguese Masters or the Frys.com Open in California.
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