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Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood Headline Inaugural Turkish Airlines World Golf Final

  Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Lee Westwood Headline Inaugural Turkish Airlines
  World Golf Final

Eight of the World’s Best Golfers Tee Off in Turkey Competing for $5.2 Million

Business Wire

NEW YORK -- September 19, 2012

One of this year’s most exciting global golf tournaments attracting top ranked
players is coming to Turkey, as today Turkish Airlines and the Turkish Golf
Federation formally introduced the Turkish Airlines World Golf Final, to be
held at the Antalya Golf Club in Belek, October 9-12, 2012. Tiger Woods, Rory
McIlroy and Lee Westwood headline the star-studded eight-player field playing
for a first prize of $1.5 million from a total purse of $5.2 million.

(Left to right) Lee Westwood, Handan Corekci, General Manager, Washington
D.C., Turkish Airlines, Ju ...

(Left to right) Lee Westwood, Handan Corekci, General Manager, Washington
D.C., Turkish Airlines, Justin Rose, Webb Simpson, at a Press Conference in
Atlanta September 18 Announcing The Turkish Airlines World Golf Final October
9-12 in Turkey (Photo: Business Wire)

“As one the world’s fastest growing airlines, we are delighted to sponsor an
event that not only will be of great interest to golf fans around the globe,
but will also introduce a breathtaking world-class golf course to the world,”
said Turkish Airlines President and CEO Temel Kotil, Ph.D. “Turkey is quickly
becoming one of the top golf destinations in Europe and this tournament will
enhance the country’s reputation as a major sporting destination. Turkish
Airlines has sponsored numerous sports teams and events and we are committed
to all sports around the world.”

Joining Woods, McIlroy and Westwood in the medal/matchplay format are Webb
Simpson, Matt Kuchar, Hunter Mahan, Justin Rose and Charl Schwartzel. The
field was assembled from the world rankings at the beginning of April.

“It is an honor for us to be able to host a tournament of this stature,” said
Ahmet Agaoglu, President of the Turkish Golf Federation. “It further
demonstrates our mission to have a key place on golf's regular calendar and
attract top talent to Turkey.”

The competition, which will broadcast live in more than 50 countries, will be
hosted by the PGA Sultan, one of two courses at the Antalya Golf Club. PGA
Sultan is an 18-hole, par 71 course that covers 6,477 meters and is the chosen
home of the Turkish PGA. The Antalya Golf Club, designed by David Jones and
the European Golf Design in the late 1990s, is one of the top-rated golf
complexes in Belek and offers beautiful surroundings for its players, being
situated alongside Turkey’s Southwest picturesque Mediterranean coast. “I have
been looking forward to the event ever since last April when I qualified to
play,” said Westwood. “Golf in Turkey and the sport in general will benefit
from this new initiative and I’m sure all my fellow competitors feel the same
about the prospects of a fantastic week on the Mediterranean.”

The four-day event, which will take place Tuesday through Friday, will be
played in medal match play format involving two groups of four. Each player
will play three matches in the group stages and the winners and runners up
will advance to the semi-finals, where the winner of Group A will play the
runner up of Group B and the winner of Group B will player the winner of Group
A.

At stake is a $1.5 million first prize, with $1 million for the runner up,
$600,000 each for third and fourth place, $450,000 for fifth and sixth and
$300,000 for seventh and eighth.

“It’s an exciting prospect on several counts,” said Kuchar, the 2012 Players
Championship winner. “I’m really looking forward to going to Turkey, sampling
a different culture and pitting myself against the world’s best.”

The Turkish Airlines World Golf Final Match Schedule is as follows:

* Oct. 8 – Practice
* Oct. 9 – Group matches – 1^st round
* Oct. 10 – Group matches – 2^nd and 3^rd round
* Oct. 11 – Semi-finals
* Oct. 12 – Final and Pro-Am competition

Turkish Airlines also sponsors the World Amateur Golf Championships (for men
and women), to be held in Antalya, Sept. 27-Oct. 7, 2012, and has partnerships
with world-renown soccer clubs Manchester United and FC Barcelona.

About Turkish Airlines:

Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member,
Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with a fleet of 184 aircraft
(passenger and cargo) flying to 199 cities around the world, comprised of 35
domestic and 167 international destinations. One of the fastest growing
airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several “Passengers Choice
Awards” from the consumerranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2011 and 2012
results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner of “Best Airline
Europe”, “Best Premium Economy Seats” for its Comfort Class seats and “Best
Airline Southern Europe”. It has also received awards for its catering and
holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of
top quality carriers. Turkish Airlines was also given the Skytrax designation
of “World’s Best Economy Class On-board catering” in 2010, and Skyscanner’s
“Best On-board Food 2011”. Long haul Business Class passengers also enjoy the
Flying Chef service on-board. Turkish Airlines currently has four U.S.
gateways, including New York, Chicago, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, and
starting in April 2013, Houston will become the fifth gateway.

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Contact:

for Turkish Airlines
Michelle Mekky
312-245-9805 ext. 112
michellemekky@alpaytac.com
 
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