Kaymer and Lowry Crowned Turkish Airlines Drone Golf Champions.
The Turkish Airlines Open is taking place at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in Antalya, Turkey. Martin Kaymer and Shane Lowry warmed up for the prestigious European Tour tournament with a drone victory, by beating Ian Poulter and Henrik Stenson 2-1 to win the Turkish Airlines Drone Golf Championship, now in its second year. Kaymer and Lowry also beat Lee Westwood, winner of last year’s inaugural event to take the title.
The course was once again set on the Regnum’s iconic 16th hole, which has a tee on the roof of a villa, with players having to guide their drone through hazards before dropping the ball on the green. In a close battle, Poulter and Stenson won the first hole with a birdie two, but Kaymer and Lowry leveled with a three when Stenson needed four putts to make a five on the second attempts. Lowry holed out for a four after Kaymer had dropped the ball into the water from the drone and Poulter ran out of time as he attempted to drop the ball on the green.
Kaymer and Lowry were presented with Turkish Airlines Business Class tickets by Turkish Golf Federation President Ahmet Agaoglu.
Former world no. 1 golfer Kaymer said, “It’s a trophy that I always wanted in my house and finally I’ve won it, with a great partner, Shane. Next year we should do it again and hopefully, Ian can drop the ball out of the cup as well. It doesn’t feel quite right how we did it, but a win is a win and it’s a great start to the week.”
“Congratulations to Kaymer and Lowry on becoming our second ever Drone Golf Champions. He clearly has piloting skills to go along with his golfing ability!”, said Turkish Airlines’ Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Seda Kalyoncu. “Once again, it was a lot of fun for all players involved and the perfect way to get ready for another exciting Turkish Airlines Open.”
Turkish Airlines is sponsoring the Turkish Airlines Open, the third to last tournament of the European Tour season, for the fifth time, with 78 players competing for the $7 million prize.
The airline’s commitment to golf also includes its unrivaled corporate amateur series, the Turkish Airlines World Golf Cup, a Challenge Tour tournament, and ladies golf, as well as allowing customers’ golf clubs to travel for free.
Video of the Turkish Airlines 2nd Drone Golf Championship can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/mXzo4RxoXUw