Nov 05, 2019: The Open Champion Shane Lowry has his sights set on a strong finish to the 2019 Race to Dubai with the aim of becoming European Number One for the first time in his career as he prepares for the Turkish Airlines Open – the sixth Rolex Series event of the season.
The Irishman, who triumphed at Royal Portrush in July, is less than 700 points behind current Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex leader Bernd Wiesberger but, with increased points on offer in the final three events of the season, there is still all to play for, starting at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Belek.
Already a Rolex Series winner this year after securing the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship presented by EGA in January, Lowry is going in search of a sixth European Tour title this week.
Returning to Turkey with happy memories from last year are Thomas Detry and Martin Kaymer. Detry recorded his best finish in a Rolex Series event at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, as a back-nine blitz of five consecutive birdies saw him move to 15 under, two strokes behind defending champion Justin Rose who defeated Li Haotong in a play-off. Kaymer finished in a share of fifth last year.
At 66th and 71st on the Race to Dubai Rankings respectively, both players will be looking to secure their spots in the Nedbank Golf Challenge hosted by Gary Player and DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. Just the top 60 and then 50 players available from the Race to Dubai Rankings will take part in the final two events of the season.