2014 Turkish Airlines Open

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Author: Paul Reece

Tags: Golf

Published: 11:49 05/09/2014

Victor Dubuisson won the Turkish Airlines Open last year and will attempt to repeat his success in 2014

Victor Dubuisson won his first European Tour title in the inaugural Turkish Airlines Open last year and will fancy his chances of repeating that success this year.

The 24-year-old finished tied for 9th in the Open Championship and tied for 7th in PGA Championship during a productive 2014.

Jamie Donaldson, meanwhile, finished second last year and after securing his spot at the Ryder Cup he will hope to go one better this time around.

The Welshman finished above Justin Rose and Tiger Woods last year but fell just short behind Dubuisson.

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Former World no.1 Woods is not expected to feature, however, after withdrawing from Ryder Cup contention with a back injury.

Henrik Stenson and Ian Poulter were also amongst the top 10 last year, meanwhile, and after solid 2014 seasons the duo will fancy their chances again should they compete.

While Thomas Bjorn, Paul Casey, Stephen Gallacher and Martin Kaymer were all further down the rankings and will be looking to improve on their performance this year.

The Ryder Cup quartet have all enjoyed a good year unlike Raphael Jacquelin who finished an impressive tied for 5th with Poulter last year.

Jacquelin, who also won the Spanish Open last year, has struggled to repeat the form of 2013 and has achieved just two top 10 finishes so far this year.

Lee Westwood was also well down the leaderboard in Turkey last year, finishing tied for 29th, but his Ryder Cup inclusion could boost his confidence.

The former World no.1 has endured a mixed season, winning the Malaysian Open but he made little impact in any of the Majors.

His Ryder Cup selection was certainly not based on form but it could act as catalyst for a strong finish to the year.

Westwood’s English compatriot and Ryder Cup teammate Justin Rose has been in solid and consistent form throughout the year.

The 34-year-old finished tied for 3rd alongside Woods in the competition last year and lifted the Scottish Open in July.

Another impressive performance followed in the Bridgestone Invitational where he secured another top five finish and he also finished tied for 12th in the US Open.

Rose will be confident this year, along with the rest of his Ryder Cup team mates, especially Donaldson.

The 38-year-old came close to winning this competition in 2013 and his game and form has only improved since then.

Victory in the Czech Masters secured his Ryder Cup spot and he could well go one better than his second-placed finish this time around.

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