Belek - Tiger Woods is returning to Turkey in November to play a European Tour event, this time over 72 holes of stroke play.
Organisers of the Turkish Airlines Open said on Monday the No 1 player in the world will be part of the 77-man field during the November 7-10 tournament at the Maxx Royal course. Woods played in Turkey last year when it was an unofficial event of medal match play. He lost in the semi-finals to Justin Rose, who went on to win.
The Turkish event will be the third of four straight tournaments culminating with the European Tour finale in Dubai. It will have a $7 million purse.
Chubby Chandler of International Sports Management, who is promoting the tournament, said it was important to have Woods at the stop.
"We almost based the date around which week he could play, and this week suited the European Tour and Tiger Woods," Chandler told PA Sport in London. Many of the other "names in the field will not be familiar to Turkish fans, but Tiger Woods is. To have the world No 1 there, it always makes it special if a European Tour player can win with Tiger in the field."
It will be the second European Tour event Woods plays. He missed the cut in Abu Dhabi to start the European Tour season. The Turkish Airlines Open is held the same week as the McGladrey Classic at Sea Island on the PGA Tour, which Woods has never played.
Turkish officials hope that having Woods at the tournament will boost Turkey's bid to host the 2020 Olympics.