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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Twofer Tuesday: Turkish Airlines Open

Since the PGA Tour is taking a week off before jetting to Mayakoba, Twofer Tuesday joins the ET's Race to Dubai for the Turkish Airlines Open.

Justin Rose after 2018 defense of his Turkish Airlines title

Justin Rose will try to make history as the first three-peater in two decades at an ET event, but he'll have to do it at a different venue. The Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Antalya, Turkey -- designed by Colin Montgomerie, no less -- will host this year's limited field event for the first time since 2015 as the Race to Dubai begins its final three event run. Victor Dubuisson and Brooks Koepka probably wish they were playing this week, as Dubuisson won the event at this course twice and Koepka once.

But the big question is... who will win it this week?

I have no idea, to be honest. I don't remember much about this course from its time as 2013-2015 host, and several of the ET players who are playing well aren't in the field this week. Nevertheless, I have some thoughts...
  • My Top10er this week is Kurt Kitamura. This American has won twice on the ET this season. His most recent win was in early March, but he has been playing some decent golf of late. Although he only posted a T28 at the WGC-HSBC last week, his previous two finishes were a 3rd and a 4th. And after posting a strong 68 in his final round at the WGC, I think he could be a factor this week.
  • And my winner is Bernd Wiesberger. Another player with a so-so finish last week (T49), I can forgive him since he was coming off an Italian Open win. He also won in July and in May, so overall he's played well this year. I could see him picking up a fourth win this week.
My picks have a total of five wins this season, so they should have a decent chance to do well in Turkey.

GC's live coverage starts early Thursday at 4am ET.

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