Tiger Woods to return to Turkey for European Tour event

Tiger Woods, 2013 Players
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Tiger Woods lost in the semifinals last year in Turkey. The event will be a 72-hole, stroke-play event this year.

BELEK, Turkey (AP) -- Tiger Woods is returning to Turkey for a European Tour stop, this time a 72-hole event.

Organizers of the Turkish Airlines Open said Monday that Woods will be part of the 77-man field on Nov. 7-10. Woods played in Turkey last year when it was medal-match play. He lost in the semifinals to Justin Rose.

The tournament this year will be third of four straight tournaments that ends the European Tour season. It has a $7 million purse.

The Turkish Airlines Open will be played on the Maxx Royal course designed by Colin Montgomerie. Officials hope that having Woods in the field will boost Turkey's bid to host the 2020 Olympics.

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