Published on : Saturday, October 1, 2016
The big-hitting American, who has two Major titles to his name, will be the star attraction at the Beko Classic Pro-Am at Gloria Golf Club (October 11-16) as he returns to the venue of his most recent professional victory in 2014 (pictured below).
The 50-year-old, who famously sprung to prominence with his shock US PGA success in 1991, has enjoyed a colourful career boasting 20 professional wins, including his 1995 Open Championship glory at St Andrews.
But alongside his five wins on the PGA Tour and three on the European Tour, Daly also lifted the PGAs of Europe’s Beko Classic at Gloria two years ago. And after his first visit to the Turkish Riviera in 2010, Daly has great affection for the country and the stunning five-star resort in Belek.
Daly said: “When I first came to Turkey in 2010, I really loved the courses and the people so much that for last two years, I have brought my family with me to stay at Gloria – I even got engaged there two years ago.
“I love the courses at Gloria and the practice facilities are as good as anywhere I have been.
“Winning the Beko in 2014 was my first win for as few years so I took great pleasure in it.
“This year, I have a full schedule on the Champions Tour but I made a promise to come back so I am really looking forward to grippin’ and rippin’ round Gloria again.”
Daly will be up against a wealth of talent as he mounts his challenge. European Tour players Raymond Russell, Philip Golding, Chris Gane, Jamie Elson, Gary Houston, Liam Bond and Jon Bevan are all named on the entry list, while many other Challenge Tour and Senior Tour pros are also in a competitive field.
There will also be a host of exciting up-and-coming young professionals on view with Haydn McCullen, Billy Spooner and Jack McDonald among those eager to make their mark.
Situated 40 minutes from Antalya International Airport, the stunning luxury resort celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017 and offers a wide range of accommodation with three luxurious and stylish five-star resorts on the beach: Gloria Golf Resort, Gloria Verde Resort and Gloria Serenity Resort.
Featuring 45 holes, it is the biggest golf complex in Turkey with its comprehensive golf facilities including two 18-hole championship layouts, a nine-hole course and outstanding academy and driving range.
In addition, the Gloria Sports Arena – built over an area of 105,000m2 – offers state-of-the-art facilities for more than 50 indoor, outdoor and aquatic sports.
The resort will also host further top events in 2017. The PGAs of Europe Annual Congress & International Team Championship will be hosted from January 16-21, 2017.
Gloria will then stage the Turkish Airlines European Challenge Tour event for a third straight year from April 24-30, 2017. From May 13-20, 2017, the Nuri Ozaltin Gloria Centenary Pro Am 20 Year Celebration Pro-Am takes place with 50 teams from all over Europe, featuring top European pros.
It promises to be a busy calendar in 2017 with the return of David Edwards’ New Year Golf Trick Show (January 1, 2017) and the Gloria 20 Year Anniversary Tournament (February 11-18, 2017).