Lee Westwood wins first ever Turkish Airlines Drone Golf Championship


Englishman beats Danny Wıllett and Andrew Johnston to the coveted “Captain’s Hat”

turkish-airlines-logoKuwait: On the eve of the Turkish Airlines Open Golf Lee Westwood was crowned the first ever Drone Golf Champion.  

Taking to the iconic 16th tee on the roof of a spectacular villa at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey, Westwood expertly maneuvered his drone around numerous hazards before dropping a golf ball from the drone on to a green to seal his victory, beating Masters champion Danny Willett and Andrew ‘Beef’ Johnston.  

Westwood said; This is undoubtedly one of the highlights of my career, one of my proudest moments. I am really pleased to kick off the week with a win. It was really tough stepping up to the tee with the winds being so strong and not having used a drone before but with the help of my drone caddy there was no stopping me. I hope to defend my Turkish Airlines Drone Golf Championship trophy next year.”

On finishing second, Danny Willett said; I am gutted, it clearly wasn’t my night. Hopefully I can do a bit better than that on the golf course this week.”

On hosting the first ever Turkish Airlines Drone Golf Championship Ms. Seda Kalyoncu, Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications of Turkish Airlines said; “Turkish Airlines is very proud to be hosting the first ever Drone Golf Championship and huge congratulations to the winner Lee Westwood. This is the fourth consecutive year we have sponsored the Turkish Airlines Open, and what a way to kick start a brilliant week of golf.”

The Turkish Airlines Open is the first of three tournaments in The Race to Dubai’s Final Series, with 78 players competing for a $7 million prize fund and took place between November 3rd and 6th, 2016. Turkish Airlines is the headline sponsor of the tournament and flies to 292 destinations, 243 international and 49 domestic, around the world. The leading airline was also recently chosen as ‘Europe’s Best Airline’ for the sixth straight year by Skytrax.

The official video of the first ever Turkish Airlines Drone Golf Championship can be seen via below web link; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sTxn69HamI&feature=youtu.be

About Turkish Airlines: 

Established in 1933 with a fleet of five aircraft, Star Alliance member Turkish Airlines is a 4-star airline today with a fleet of 336 (passenger and cargo) aircraft flying to 292 destinations worldwide with 243 international and 49 domestic. According to the 2016 Skytrax survey, Turkish Airlines was chosen as “Europe’s Best Airline” for the sixth and “Best Airline in Southern Europe” for the eighth consecutive time. Having won in 2010 the world’s “Best Economy Catering Service”, in 2013 and also in 2014 the world’s “Best Business Catering Service”, and “Best Business Class Lounge Dining”, “Best Business Airline Lounge” awards in last year’s survey, Turkish Airlines was awarded again the world’s “Best Business Class Dining Lounge” and “Best Business Class On-Board Catering” prizes in this year’s survey.

About Star Alliance:

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance to offer worldwide reach, recognition and seamless service to the international traveller. Its acceptance by the market has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Air Transport World Market Leadership Award and Best Airline Alliance by both Business Traveller Magazine and Skytrax. The member airlines are: Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Canada, Air China, Air India, Air New Zealand, ANA, Asiana Airlines, Austrian, Avianca, Avianca Brazil, Brussels Airlines, Copa Airlines, Croatia Airlines, EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airlines, EVA Air, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Scandinavian Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Singapore Airlines, South African Airways, SWISS, TAP Portugal, Turkish Airlines, THAI and United. Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 18,500 daily flights to 1,330 airports in 192 countries.