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  • We have 18 holes to go to decide a new Masters champion, and a fascinating cast of characters has a chance to win the green jacket.

    Justin Rose and Sergio Garcia are tied at 6-under 210, and they’ll play in Sunday’s final pairing at 2:45 p.m. Eastern time.

    Rickie Fowler, trailing by a shot and alone in third, will play in a friendly pairing with Jordan Spieth, who is one of three players tied for third at 4-under par. They’re in the next-to-last group at 2:35 p.m.

    Charley Hoffman and Ryan Moore are the others at 4-under total, and they take the first tee at 2:25 p.m.

    2017 Masters Sunday tee times for Final Round 4

    All times are Eastern

    • 10:05 a.m. — Ernie Els
    • 10:15 a.m. — Marc Leishman, Larry Mize
    • 10:25 a.m. — Andy Sullivan, Bernd Wiesberger
    • 10:35 a.m. — Curtis Luck (a), James Hahn
    • 10:45 a.m. — Adam Hadwin, Louis Oosthuizen
    • 10:55 a.m. — Ross Fisher, Daniel Summerhays
    • 11:05 a.m. — Kevin Kisner, Byeong-hun An
    • 11:15 a.m. — Brendan Steele, J.B. Holmes
    • 11:25 a.m. — Matt Fitzpatrick, Emiliano Grillo
    • 11:45 a.m. — Stewart Hagestad (a), Daniel Berger
    • 11:55 a.m. — Franceso Molinari, Brian Stuard
    • 12:05 p.m. — Marin Kaymer, Branden Grace
    • 12:15 p.m. — Steve Stricker, Hideki Matsuyama
    • 12:25 p.m. — Jason Day, Justin Thomas
    • 12:35 p.m. — Bill Haas, Phil Mickelson
    • 12:45 p.m. — Pat Perez, Russell Henley
    • 12:55 p.m. — Brandt Snedeker, Brooks Koepka
    • 1:05 p.m. — Jason Dufner, Fred Couples
    • 1:25 p.m. — Kevin Chappell, Jimmy Walker
    • 1:35 p.m. — Jon Rahm, William McGirt
    • 1:45 p.m. — Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy
    • 1:55 p.m. — Paul Casey, Soren Kjeldsen
    • 2:05 p.m. — Lee Westwood, Thomas Pieters
    • 2:15 p.m. — Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel
    • 2:25 p.m. — Ryan Moore, Charley Hoffman
    • 2:35 p.m. — Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler
    • 2:45 p.m. — Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia

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  • In less than 24 hours, there will be a new Masters champion, getting their green jacket from last year’s winner Danny Willett (who missed the cut this week).

    We have Sergio Garcia chasing his first major title, playing in the final pairing with the Olympic gold medalist and 2013 U.S. Open winner Justin Rose. They’re tied at 6-under 210.

    We have Jordan Spieth, two shots back, and Rickie Fowler, just a stroke behind, together in the next-to-last pairing.

    We have ball-strikers like Adam Scott and Ryan Moore giving chase. Charley Hoffman is hanging in there.

    Jordan Spieth has a great chance to win a second Masters. (Getty)

    So, who would be the best possible winner of this year’s Masters? Here’s our top five:

    5. Lee Westwood (-1, five shots back): Westwood nearly walked through a wide open back door last year when Spieth made 7 on No. 12 in the final round. He’s arguably the best veteran player to have never won a major. It would be an amazing cap to his career.

    4. Justin Rose (tied for the lead): Rose has built a good career for himself, winning a U.S. Open, an Olympic gold medal and was crucial on Sunday in the 2012 European Ryder Cup comeback at Medinah. A green jacket on Sunday would be an indication that Rose might just be finding out how great he can be.

    3. Rickie Fowler (-5, one shot back): Fowler fought back tears on Thursday morning as he had a seat for the first Masters honorary tee shot since Arnold Palmer’s passing. Fowler loved the King, and it would be a cosmic ending for Fowler to pick up the mantle of the four-time Masters winner.

    2. Sergio Garcia (-6, tied for the lead): Sergio has never won a major. He’s lamented fate is against him. He’s whined. He’s spit in cups. He’s been heckled. Now, at 37, happy, engaged and largely beloved, Garcia would pick up his first major title on what would have been Seve Ballesteros’ 60th birthday.

    1. Jordan Spieth (-4, two shots back): How can Spieth not be the best story? In his three career Masters starts, he’s had a chance to win all of them and took one home in historic fashion. He also lost one in historic fashion. Were he to come back and win a year after his astounding debacle, that would be an all-time great story of redemption.

    Masters final round tee times

    • 10:05 a.m. — Ernie Els, Jeff Knox
    • 10:15 a.m. — Marc Leishman, Larry Mize
    • 10:25 a.m. — Andy Sullivan, Bernd Wiesberger
    • 10:35 a.m. — Curtis Luck (a), James Hahn
    • 10:45 a.m. — Adam Hadwin, Louis Oosthuizen
    • 10:55 a.m. — Ross Fisher, Daniel Summerhays
    • 11:05 a.m. — Kevin Kisner, Byeong-hun An
    • 11:15 a.m. — Brendan Steele, J.B. Holmes
    • 11:25 a.m. — Matt Fitzpatrick, Emiliano Grillo
    • 11:45 a.m. — Stewart Hagestad (a), Daniel Berger
    • 11:55 a.m. — Franceso Molinari, Brian Stuard
    • 12:05 p.m. — Marin Kaymer, Branden Grace
    • 12:15 p.m. — Steve Stricker, Hideki Matsuyama
    • 12:25 p.m. — Jason Day, Justin Thomas
    • 12:35 p.m. — Bill Haas, Phil Mickelson
    • 12:45 p.m. — Pat Perez, Russell Henley
    • 12:55 p.m. — Brandt Snedeker, Brooks Koepka
    • 1:05 p.m. — Jason Dufner, Fred Couples
    • 1:25 p.m. — Kevin Chappell, Jimmy Walker
    • 1:35 p.m. — Jon Rahm, William McGirt
    • 1:45 p.m. — Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy
    • 1:55 p.m. — Paul Casey, Soren Kjeldsen
    • 2:05 p.m. — Lee Westwood, Thomas Pieters
    • 2:15 p.m. — Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel
    • 2:25 p.m. — Ryan Moore, Charley Hoffman
    • 2:35 p.m. — Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler
    • 2:45 p.m. — Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia

    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • We’re at the midpoint of the Masters, and the gang (well, all but Dustin Johnson and Jason Day) is all near the top of the leaderboard.

    The lead is 4-under 140, with Rickie Fowler, Sergio Garcia, Thomas Pieters and Charley Hoffman sharing the lead. Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott and Phil Mickelson are four back at even-par 144. Rory McIlroy is five astray. Jon Rahm, 58-year-old Fred Couples and Justin Rose are 1-under par. We’re in store for a great weekend in terms of weather, which hopefully gives us a great finish at Augusta National.

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    Is this the year Sergio Garcia wins a major? (Getty Images)

    The marquee group will be Spieth paired with Mickelson. Between them they have four green jackets, and while Mickelson holds the edge 3-1, no on has been better at Augusta National over the last three years than Spieth, whose record there is T2, 1, T2.

    Here are the five things to watch for on Saturday at the Masters:

    Not many major winners in the top 10. When will experience, or lack thereof, start to matter? Of the top nine on the leaderboard, just two players have major titles: 58-year-old Fred Couples and 2013 U.S. Open winner Justin Rose. The sharks with majors are waiting starting four behind the lead.

    Better weather. After two days of nasty winds that gave us the highest 36-hole cut since 2007 (when Zach Johnson won at 1-over 289), the weather will be ideal for the weekend. It’s going to be sunny and in the high 60s or low 70s on Saturday and Sunday with almost no wind. Moving Day will be more than just a name.

    Keeping it within eight shots. The biggest final-round comeback in Masters history is eight shots, which Jack Burke Jr. made up over Ken Venturi in 1956. If that’s the marker, then any player within that mark has a historic chance, even if not a present one.

    Getting off to a good start. Through two rounds, the first hole at Augusta National is playing the toughest in Masters history, almost two-thirds of a stroke over par. Avoiding disaster to start the round will be key for all the contenders.

    The battle for low amateur. The U.S. Amateur champion (who turns pro Monday) Curtis Luck and U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Stewart Hagestad both made the cut. Hagestad is the first U.S. Mid-Am winner to make the Masters cut dating back to its 1981 creation. The low-am honor isn’t a fait accompli, and that’s fun.

    Here’s a look at Saturday’s tee times (ET):

    10:20 a.m. – Jason Day
    10:30 a.m. – Daniel Berger, Branden Grace
    10:40 a.m. – J.B. Holmes, Francesco Molinari
    10:50 a.m. – Curtis Luck*, Larry Mize
    11 a.m. – James Hahn, Ross Fisher
    11:10 a.m. – Matthew Fitzpatrick, Brandt Snedeker
    11:20 a.m. – Kevin Kisner, Andy Sullivan
    11:30 a.m. – Daniel Summerhays, Adam Hadwin
    11:40 a.m. – Emiliano Grillo, Justin Thomas
    12 p.m. – Byeong-Hun An, Bernd Wiesberger
    12:10 p.m. – Steve Stricker, Louis Oosthuizen
    12:20 p.m. – Brooks Kopeka, Pat Perez
    12:30 p.m. – Kevin Chappell, Paul Casey
    12:40 p.m. – Brian Stuard, Stewart Hagestad*
    12:50 p.m. – Russell Henley, Brendan Steele
    1 p.m. – Bill Haas, Jimmy Walker
    1:10 p.m. – Lee Westwood, Marc Leishman
    1:20 p.m. – Ernie Els, Jason Dufner
    1:40 p.m. – Hideki Matsuyama, Martin Kaymer
    1:50 p.m. – Soren Kjeldsen, Charl Schwartzel
    2 p.m. – Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy
    2:10 p.m. – Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson
    2:20 p.m. – Justin Rose, Adam Scott
    2:30 p.m. – Jon Rahm, Fred Couples
    2:40 p.m. – William McGirt, Ryan Moore
    2:50 p.m. – Thomas Pieters, Rickie Fowler
    3 p.m. – Charley Hoffman, Sergio Garcia

    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Rickie Fowler is in a share of the lead. (Getty Images)

    We’re at the halfway mark of the Masters Tournament, and four golfers are tied for the lead at 4-under 140.

    In the next-to-last pairing on Saturday at 2:50 p.m., Rickie Fowler and Thomas Pieters start the run of co-leaders on the weekend at Augusta National. In the final pairing at 3 p.m., Charley Hoffman and Sergio Garcia lead the charge of the 30-somethings in search of their first major title.

    Other tee times of intrigue include Jordan Spieth playing with Phil Mickelson at 2:10 p.m., and first-timer Jon Rahm playing with 58-year-old Fred Couples at 2:30 p.m.

    2017 Masters third-round tee times

    • 10:20 a.m. — Jason Day, Jeff Knox
    • 10:30 a.m. — Daniel Berger, Branden Grace
    • 10:40 a.m. — J.B. Holmes, Francesco Molinari
    • 10:50 a.m. — Curtis Luck (a), Larry Mize
    • 11:00 a.m. — James Hahn, Ross Fisher
    • 11:10 a.m. — Matt Fitzpatrick, Brandt Snedeker
    • 11:20 a.m. — Kevin Kisner, Andy Sullivan
    • 11:30 a.m. — Daniel Summerhays, Adam Hadwin
    • 11:40 a.m. — Emiliano Grillo, Justin Thomas
    • 12:00 p.m. — Byeong-hun An, Bernd Wiesberger
    • 12:10 p.m. — Steve Stricker, Louis Oosthuizen
    • 12:20 p.m. — Brooks Koepka, Pat Perez
    • 12:30 p.m. — Kevin Chappell, Paul Casey
    • 12:40 p.m. — Brian Stuard, Stewart Hagestad (a)
    • 12:50 p.m. — Russell Henley, Brendan Steele
    • 1:00 p.m. — Bill Haas, Jimmy Walker
    • 1:10 p.m. — Lee Westwood, Marc Leishman
    • 1:20 p.m. — Ernie Els, Jason Dufner
    • 1:40 p.m. — Hideki Matsuyama, Martin Kaymer
    • 1:50 p.m. — Soren Kjeldsen, Charl Schwartzel
    • 2:00 p.m. — Matt Kuchar, Rory McIlroy
    • 2:10 p.m. — Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson
    • 2:20 p.m. — Justin Rose, Adam Scott
    • 2:30 p.m. — Jon Rahm, Fred Couples
    • 2:40 p.m. — William McGirt, Ryan Moore
    • 2:50 p.m. — Thomas Pieters, Rickie Fowler
    • 3:00 p.m. — Sergio Garcia, Charley Hoffman

    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Jordan Spieth in 2016, post-collapse. (Getty)

    Spring is officially here, as the tee times for the first two rounds of the Masters were released on Tuesday.

    In a 94-player field, there are 32 tee times, with a pair of twosomes kicking off each wave from the first tee. Tee times are 11 minutes apart, and the Tournament Committee has come up with some fascinating groupings that also reflect some of the traditions of the Masters, including the defending champion playing with the U.S. Amateur champion.

    Here are the full Round 1 and 2 tee times and groups (all times Eastern):

    • 8:00 a.m./11:07 a.m. — Daniel Summerhays, Russell Henley
    • 8:11 a.m./11:18 a.m. — Trevor Immelman, Brendan Steele, Jhonattan Vegas
    • 8:22 a.m./11:29 a.m. — Mike Weir, Billy Hurley III, Scott Piercy
    • 8:33 a.m./11:40 a.m. — Larry Mize, Brian Stuard, Stewart Hagestad (a)
    • 8:44 a.m./11:51 a.m. — Soren Kjeldsen, Kevin Chappell, Jim Furyk
    • 8:55 a.m./12:13 p.m. — Sandy Lyle, Sean O’Hair, Scott Gregory (a)
    • 9:06 a.m./12:24 p.m. — Zach Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Hadwin
    • 9:17 a.m./12:35 p.m. — Tommy Fleetwood, Gary Woodland, J.B. Holmes
    • 9:28 a.m./12:46 p.m. — Adam Scott, Kevin Kisner, Andy Sullivan
    • 9:39 a.m./12:57 p.m. — Francesco Molinari, Daniel Berger, Thomas Pieters
    • 10:01 a.m./1:08 p.m. — Fred Couples, Paul Casey, Kevin Na
    • 10:12 a.m./1:19 p.m. — Russell Knox, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama
    • 10:23 a.m./1:30 p.m. — Branden Grace, Brooks Koepka, Jeunghun Wang
    • 10:34 a.m./1:41 p.m. — Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Matthew Fitzpatrick
    • 10:45 a.m./1:52 p.m. — Phil Mickelson, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Si Woo Kim
    • 10:56 a.m./2:03 p.m. — Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose, Jason Day
    • 11:07 a.m./8:00 a.m. — Rod Pampling, William McGirt
    • 11:18 a.m./8:11 a.m. — Mark O’Meara, Hudson Swafford, Roberto Castro
    • 11:29 a.m./8:22 a.m. — Ian Woosnam, James Hahn, Brad Dalke (a)
    • 11:40 a.m./8:33 a.m. — Ross Fisher, Pat Perez, Byeong
    • 11:51 a.m./8:44 a.m. — Jose Maria Olazabal, Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson
    • 12:13 p.m./8:55 a.m. — Ernie Els, Jason Dufner, Bernd Wiesberger
    • 12:24 p.m./9:06 a.m. — Danny Willett, Matt Kuchar, Curtis Luck (a)
    • 12:35 p.m./9:17 a.m. — Vijay Singh, Emilano Grillo, Toto Gana (a)
    • 12:46 p.m./9:28 a.m. — Angel Cabrera, Henrik Stenson, Tyrrell Hatton
    • 12:57 p.m./9:39 a.m. — Charl Schwartzel, Steve Stricker, Mackenzie Hughes
    • 1:08 p.m./10:01 a.m. — Charley Hoffman, Chris Wood, Yuta Ikeda
    • 1:19 p.m./10:12 a.m. — Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Shane Lowry
    • 1:30 p.m./10:23 a.m. — Bernhard Langer, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed
    • 1:41 p.m./10:34 a.m. — Rory McIlroy, Hideto Tanihara, Jon Rahm
    • 1:52 p.m./10:45 a.m. — Marc Leishman, Bill Haas, Justin Thomas
    • 2:03 p.m./10:56 a.m. — Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker

    Our five favorite groupings:

    1:41 p.m./10:34 a.m. — Rory McIlroy, Hideto Tanihara, Jon Rahm: McIlroy and Rahm are arguably the best two players paired together for the first two rounds. McIlroy is looking to complete a career Grand Slam in his third crack at it, while Rahm is trying to become the first Masters rookie to win since Fuzzy Zoeller in 1979, the only man to do it in the modern era.

    2:03 p.m./10:56 a.m. — Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker: A bombers group featuring the two-time Masters winner, the reigning U.S. Open champ and the reigning PGA champion. Dustin Johnson has all eyes on him as he looks for a fourth consecutive PGA Tour win.

    10:56 a.m./2:03 p.m. — Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose, Jason Day: All three of these guys have been close before at the Masters, and all have come up short for one reason or another. Day is a touch under-prepared as his mother was undergoing surgery to remove a cancerous mass from her lung.

    10:12 a.m./1:19 p.m. — Russell Knox, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama: Fowler and Matsuyama have played brilliant golf to start the year, and Fowler is the hotter of the two right now. Both are young players who are expected to win a major sooner than later, but can they?

    10:34 a.m./1:41 p.m. — Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Matthew Fitzpatrick: Fitzpatrick was great in his debut here. Kaymer has always been terrible here. The star here is Jordan Spieth, who has gone T-2, WIN, T-2 in three career Masters starts. But does No. 12 and last year’s meltdown linger?


    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Defending Valspar Championship champion Charl Schwartzel had to withdraw from Wednesday’s pro-am because he suffered an injury … at the hands of a playing partner.

    The South African dropped out of the event after 10 holes following being struck in the wrist by a golf ball hit by one of his amateur partners. After the group played the back nine at Innisbrook Resort’s Copperhead Course, they made the turn to the front nine. On the first hole, one shot from an amateur player hit a tree and ricocheted back off Schwartzel’s left wrist as the 2011 Masters champion was covering up his reproductive parts out of instinct.

    Charl Schwartzel got hurt in a pro-am on Wednesday. (Getty Images)

    Schwartzel said that his left hand went numb to the point that he couldn’t hold a golf club, forcing him out of the event. However, Schwartzel will play in the Valspar Championship starting Thursday, using a combination of ice and some pain-killing medicine to limit the effect of the injury on his game.

    He took the injury with good humor. After his playing partner showered him with apologies, Schwartzel spoke to the media.

    “I played golf for 28 years now and I’ve never been hit by a golf ball,” Schwartzel said, “until this morning.”

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  • After a one-week trip to Mexico, the Florida Swing resumes this week at the Valspar Championship, and you can catch the action live on Yahoo Sports.

    Yahoo will be streaming PGA Tour Live’s featured holes coverage at Innisbrook Resort near Tampa, Fla., on Thursday and Friday from 3-6 p.m. Eastern on our Golf page.

    Charl Schwartzel will be back to defend his title on the challenging Copperhead Course, which features the Snake Pit — a final three-hole stretch that is among the toughest on the PGA Tour. Others competing this week include Justin Thomas — who let victory slip away last week at the WGC-Mexico Championship — Henrik Stenson and Patrick Reed.

  • The PGA Tour comes back to the United States this week, resuming the Florida Swing after a trip to Mexico for the first World Golf Championships event of the year. The Innisbrook Resort near Tampa will again host the Valspar Championship, with the Copperhead Course and its Snake Pit stretch testing a good chunk of the top 50 in the world, including defending champion Charl Schwartzel.

    Here are our top five players for this week:

    1. Justin Thomas — J.T. faded hard on Sunday in Mexico, but he’s clearly the class player in the field. Good finish here last year, though it’s easy to forget he hasn’t seen a lot of places more than twice.

    Justin Thomas came up short of a fourth PGA Tour win this season in Mexico. (Getty Images)

    2. Henrik Stenson — Stenson got food poisoning in Mexico City, so that’s why he’s No. 2 this week. Otherwise, he would be No. 1 as he has a good record and comes here often.

    3. Matt Kuchar — Kuchar has been pretty effective since kicking off 2017, with T-22 and T-20 in his last two starts. His putting weakness isn’t a big liability.

    4. Patrick Reed — Since the calendar turned to February, Reed has been a dud. A total dud. However, he’s a great ballstriker on a course that separates players by that skill.

    5. Bill Haas — Haas was outclassed in Mexico, but he’s otherwise been great this season. This is a good track for him, and he should have won here last year.


     

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  • Matt Fitzpatrick took the title home in Dubai. (Getty Images)

    The European Tour season came to an end on Sunday in Dubai, with one of the circuit’s future stars taking home the trophy.

    Matt Fitzpatrick picked up his third-career win and second of the season, taking the DP World Tour Championship on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai. He finished at 17-under 271, beating out fellow young-gun Englishman Tyrrell Hatton by a shot. Hatton, playing ahead of Fitzpatrick, drove in a hazard bisecting the par-5 18th hole, leading to a bogey. Fitzpatrick, needing a birdie to win, played the finisher with precision to make the winning 4 from 4 feet.

    “It means the world. To win one of these Final Series events is really special, and this one in particular – obviously the last tournament of the year,” Fitzpatrick said. “For me to win on the final week of the year is special.”

    This is the icing on the cake of a break-out year for the former U.S. Amateur winner, adding to his Nordea Masters title from June and earning a spot on his first European Ryder Cup team.

    Charl Schwartzel finished alone in third at 14 under par, two back of Hatton.

    Meanwhile, Henrik Stenson won his second Race to Dubai title by finishing tied for ninth place in the tournament. Going into the week, three other players — Masters champion Danny Willett, four-time winner Alex Noren and Rory McIlroy — could have passed Stenson for the points title and its $1.25 million first-place bonus. However, Stenson finished ahead or tied with all of his challengers, with McIlroy matching him in a tie for ninth place in a quest for a third-consecutive Race to Dubai title. Both McIlroy and Stenson shot 7-under 65 on Sunday to surge up the leaderboard with a 12-under total.

    “I’m very pleased to get my name on this trophy once again,” said Stenson.

    The accomplishment was an opportunity to reflect on his Open Championship win and a silver medal in the Olympic golf tournament.

    “It’s been a great year, the best year of my career,” he said. “I’ve always thought it was going to be hard to top 2013, but I think I’ve done that this year. Maybe not to the level of golf over six months, but certainly with the highlights of winning The Open, the Olympics and managed to win the Race to Dubai again. So it’s been a great year and it feels lovely to finish in this way.”


    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

  • Henrik Stenson is not competing in Turkey this week. (Getty Images)

    Several big names have followed Rory McIlroy in withdrawing from this week’s Turkish Airlines Open, the first of the three-event Final Series on the European Tour.

    Open champion Henrik Stenson, Ryder Cup hero Patrick Reed and 2011 Masters winner Charl Schwartzel have opted out of the 78-player event, played in the resort area of Antalya, which has been target of a number of attacks in recent weeks.

    More broadly, Turkey has been victimized by attacks from various forces, including ISIS. A failed military coup in July caused more concerns.

    Stenson, the Race to Dubai winner in 2013, is the current points leader after his joint runner-up finish in China. He chose to go home to Orlando to work on his game in preparation for the final two events. Danny Willett, who Stenson passed for the top spot, is in the field in Turkey.

    Reed, who finished T-51 at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia and T-60 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China, intended to play in the event as part of an effort to maintain European Tour status.

    After the Turkish Airlines Open, the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa debuts as a new 72-player event. It all ends in Dubai with the 60-player DP World Tour Championship. The points winner at the end of the season earns a $1.5 million bonus, with the top 10 finishers in the Race to Dubai getting bonus money.


    Ryan Ballengee is a Yahoo Sports contributor. Find him on Facebook and Twitter.

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