George ready to savour Turkish delight

George Coetzee’s last three outings on the European Tour have resulted in top-15 results and as the season draws to a close he’s looking good for a big result at the Turkish Airlines Open.


The 28-year-old was quiet through the middle of the year and surfaced only once at The Open Championship, where he tied for 18th place.


From there he went cold again and it was not until he tied for 25th at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship that the Pretoria local resurfaced. In 2013 Coetzee set the course record at The Old Course at St. Andrews and his return there in October sparked the comeback.


A week later the weather-affected Portugal Masters was reduced to 36 holes and Coetzee chalked up a tied 21st result. The reigning Joburg Open champion was back on song.


His form was good, but when he received an invitation to play the Volvo World Match Play Championship it was questionable how well he’d do. The underdog status suited Coetzee, who went toe to toe with the best Ryder Cup stars and finished in fourth place.


And then it was on to the Finals Series of the European Tour, which began at the BMW Masters last week. It was no surprise when the five-time Sunshine Tour winner appeared near the top of the leaderboard and rounds of 67, 71, 71, 67 at Sheshan International Golf Club earned him a share of 12th place.


Coetzee is lined up for a big result and this week in Turkey he could very well pick up European Tour win number two. He’s playing well enough and must focus on giving himself a chance come Sunday.


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