THE WORLD’S MOST FAMOUS GOLFER SWINGS INTO HISTORY BOOKS AGAINTiger Woods achieved another first in his long and illustrious career while in the Turkish city of Istanbul, becoming the first golfer to hit balls from east to west off the Bosphorus Bridge linking Asia and Europe. Woods, one of the most recognisable athletes on the planet, teed it up from the iconic structure, striking several dramatic shots in front of a crowd of international and local media. “To be the first golfer to do this was very cool,” said the 14-time major championship winner and world’s most famous golfer, who headlined Turkey’s first ever European Tour event, the US $7million Turkish Airlines Open presented by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture in November, 2013.“I have really enjoyed my visit to Istanbul. To see the Bosphorus for the first time was a very enjoyable and memorable experience,” says Woods.
TIGER HITS THE FIRST GOLF SHOTS FROM EAST TO WESTThe gravity-anchored suspension bridge, which is 3,524 feet long, was completed in 1973 after 16 years of planning and is located between the European neighbourhood of Ortaköy and Asian shore of Beylerbeyi. It is perhaps the most distinguishable landmark in Istanbul, one of the world’s most vibrant and historically rich cities.Ahmet Ali Ağaoğlu, President of the Turkish Golf Federation, said: “We are delighted Tiger took part in this historical event. The presence of arguably golf’s greatest ever player in Turkey is wonderful for the profile of the game in the country.”Ömer Çelik, the Minister of Turkey, said: “It was an honour to welcome Tiger to Istanbul. It demonstrates Turkey’s ability to attract and host the biggest names in world sport and we are certain he will enjoy his visit.”The Turkish Airlines Open presented by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture formed part of the European Tour’s inaugural Final Series and was the penultimate event on the 2013 Race to Dubai. It featured 78 of the game’s best players at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal golf club in Belek, Antalya. The 2013 tournament concluded, with Victor Dubuisson capturing the victory. Tiger Woods tied for third. Although Woods didn't triumph as the winner of the 2013 Turkish Airlines Open, his name will no doubt make the leaderboard of history once more, becoming the first to tee-off from Asia to Europe.The 204 Turkish Airlines Open takes place at the Montgomerie Maxx Royal, Belek, Antalya, from November 7-10, 2014.FIND OUT MORE ABOUT TURKISH AIRLINES OPEN AT TURKISHAIRLINESOPEN.COM | PHOTO BY WARREN LITTLE/GETTY IMAGESBY https://19thholemag.com