McIlroy confirms Turkey date

World number one Rory McIlroy confirmed he will play in the Turkish Airlines Open in October.

The Northern Irishman has played just twice since returning from an injury layoff, finishing in 17th place at the PGA Championships and a tied for 29th at the Deutsche Bank Championship.

However, McIlroy is looking to end the year on a high with some strong results.

"Now that I'm fit again and playing solid golf, I'm looking to finishing the year strongly, so Turkey will be a key tournament for me," quipped the four-time major winner on
"I didn't perform my best here in 2012, so had the weekend off to relax. It's a really great holiday destination with a wonderful atmosphere but this time I'm hoping to be right in the running come Sunday as this it's a tournament I would really love to win.
"Three years ago I was really impressed with the passion for golf in Turkey and I know it's a sport that is growing all the time there.
"I know there’ll be a great buzz around the tournament and, with The Race to Dubai heading towards a climax, it will be an exciting week."

McIlroy currently leads the Race to Dubai, but will have to defend his lead against a high class field when the Turkish Airlines Open tees off at Montgomerie Maa Royal in Belek next month.