Tim Rosaforte - October 15, 2012


Justin Rose won the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final by defeating Lee Westwood in the final match and along with $1.5 million, Rose gains a lot of confidence. While it is true that the event was non-sanctioned and did not carry any world ranking points, Rose defeated a field that included some of the best players in the field. He has learned how to finish events to close out victories in big events and the next step for him is to win Major Championships. More evidence of this can be seen with his recent performance in the Ryder Cup.

Chubby Chandler of ISM organized the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final and he was very successful not only in attracting a great field last week but also in laying the groundwork for the new Turkish Open that will be played the week before the DP World Tour Championship in each of the next three years beginning in 2013.

While the event in Turkey may have been an exhibition, the best players in the world want to win all the time no matter what the size of the event. The players who won their matches got ego boosts with Rose clearly getting the biggest ones and the players who lost did not get boosts to their egos. While this certainly did not have the intensity of the Ryder Cup, these players wanted to win their matches.

In his second visit to Monday’s Morning Drive, Rosaforte began by saying that while Justin Rose gained a win and $1.5 million last week, Turkey gained a European Tour event which will be played the week before the season-ending event for each of the next three years. The Turkish Open could have a significant impact on the PGA TOUR because beginning in 2013, there will be a wraparound schedule with the 2014 season beginning in late 2013. The PGA TOUR and European Tour will have conflicting events in November of next year with the PGA TOUR starting a new season and the European Tour ending their season.

The European Tour is seeking to end its season with a series of big events in a fashion similar to that of the PGA TOUR and the FedExCup Playoffs. Events in China, Turkey, and Dubai could attract some of the biggest names in the world including Americans like Tiger Woods. With the European Tour counting the Ryder Cup, Presidents Cup, and Seve Trophy as official events, it will be much easier for Americans to take dual membership especially with a series of big events to close the season in October and November.

The McGladrey Classic is being played this week at Sea Island Golf Club in southern Georgia and host Davis Love III has been getting a lot of rest since his Ryder Cup captaincy at Medinah. This week will be very busy for Love III as he will not only host the event but also compete. It is a big deal that The McGladrey Classic will be a part of the FedExCup season starting next year although there are concerns about the European Tour events in Asia as well as the question about whether or not the winner beginning in 2013 will receive an invitation to The Masters.