Tiger's anticipated appearance a big boost for Turkey


When Tiger Woods announced his three-event comeback tour for this year some may have been surprised it included a trip to Europe for the Turkish Airlines Open, but not Chubby Chandler.

Chandler is the founder of International Sports Management, which runs the European Tour event in Turkey, and told GolfChannel.com that he had been trying to woo the former world No. 1 for months.

“[Woods’ manager Mark Steinberg] and I have been talking about it for three or four months on the off chance he was going to be fit by the end of the year,” Chandler said.

Woods played the event in Turkey, which is one of three post-season events for the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, in 2013, when he tied for third.

“Tiger has always enjoyed playing Turkey, there are no cocktail parties, he can just get on with it,” Chandler said. “He knows he gets looked after.”

Chandler acknowledged Woods is receiving an appearance fee to play the event, which will be held Nov. 3-6 in Antalya, although he declined to give specifics of the deal.

Whatever amount Woods is being paid, however, is worth it for tournament officials after a difficult few months in Turkey. The government endured a coup attempt in July and Turkey’s military sent tanks, warplanes and special operations forces into northern Syria last month in an escalation of its fight against the Islamic State.

“Tiger playing has already been massive, especially interest from America,” Chandler said. “It’s just what we needed. The great thing about Tiger, Turkey needs some good news.”