In the spotlight of the Montgomerie Maxx Royal and in the Turkish night, the Turkish Airlines Open crowned Tyrrell Hatton, winner after four playoff holes in Antalya (-20 total).
"It's been a difficult year, even off the course, entrusted the Englishman after his coronation. A few days ago, I told my team that I was ready to win again. I knew I was not going to play in South Africa (Nedbank, next week) to rest my wrist; so I needed to perform here to secure my place in the top-50 world and play the Masters. I can not wait to get my envelope for Augusta! "
A playoff on the hole n ° 18 started with six players including two French: Victor Perez and Benjamin Hebert. The first had won his place thanks to a card of 65 (-7) without bogey, the second with a 67 (-5) without error either.
Rough is tough
Erik Van Rooyen was the first player to eliminate after a drive in the bushes. Ten minutes of cooling for the other players, the time that the ball is found and declared unplayable.
Many trips in the rough of this 18 hole, fairway so simple during the four regular rounds but become much narrower in the money time. Benjamin Hebert and Victor Perez, after a drive right in the trees, were forced to refocus. The investigated behind, despite a superb 20-yard putt missed by Perez, will eliminate the two Frenchmen.
The fiery English Tyrrell Hatton ensured the show, with a chip too long, erased by a boxed chip that will swallow 10 meters of the green to lift the crowd of the penultimate stage of the European Tour. The American rookie Kurt Kitayama was playing his place at the second hole of playoff with a up and down like the Austrian Matthias Schwab.
Hatton gets up, Perez climbs
Three new playoff holes will follow, with the same three players. In the third, when the referees of the Tour decided to light the lights of the course, Kitayama will miss a putt of 4 meters to save his skin, while Schwab returned 6 meters and went back in the cart.
The fourth and last sudden death hole on this hole n ° 18 will be right of the young Austrian (24 years) on the palmares still virgin, leader of Turkish since Thursday. Three-putts fatal, his first bogey of the week on a par-5 (24 holes!), To let Hatton pocket the 1.8 million euros.
Third playoff lost to Benjamin Hebert this season, a sign that the win has never been so close for the new member of the European top-15. The rookie Victor Perez offers himself a new performance, one week after his 4th place at the WGC in Shanghai, and climbs to 52nd place worldwide, two spaces from a ticket for Augusta.
Romain Langasque offers himself a 9th place with three strokes of the playoff (-17) and passes 21st European. The two-time defending champion Justin Rose finished 21st (-13).
This is the first time in the history of professional golf that a playoff is playing in the spotlight. An innovation made possible by the facilities of Montgomerie Maxx Royal, which offers tourists the opportunity to play at night.