McIlroy and Woods both lose to deepen Turkish despair at first-tee fracas

Golf Federation head alleged to have butted photographer while two big names risk early exit

Antalya

If the idea was to put Turkey on the golfing map, the Turkish Airlines World Golf Championship succeeded in a way no one imagined. The first blow was landed not by Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy but the head of the Turkish Golf Federation, who allegedly butted an over-enthusiastic photographer at the first tee. Cihat Unal filed a complaint with the Antalya police against Ahmet Agaoglu, claiming that his glasses were broken in the attack. Agaoglu, a powerful shipping magnate in his spare time, is the man responsible for bringing this eight-man, knockout event to Antalya.

The aim is to raise the region's profile as a golfing destination as well as projecting Turkey's suitability to host global sporting events. He can safely claim to have put Turkey on the golfing map. Agaoglu, who denies the assault allegation, is due to address a press conference this morning at which he is expected to announce further tournaments next year. The first question is unlikely to be about golf.

There was more disappointment for the organisers with the first-round defeats of ticket-sellers McIlroy and Woods. The two are scheduled to meet this afternoon in the final matches of the round-robin phase, but their participation in the knockout stages, or lack of it, could be decided by then if they fail to win their morning encounters. McIlroy, who lost to Matt Kuchar, faces Charl Schwartzel, who in turn accounted for Woods. Woods takes on Kuchar first up.

Of the looming encounter with McIlroy, Woods said: "I have to take care of my match and we'll see in the afternoon. We're the two highest ranked players in the world right now. It will be a fun match either way, but it will obviously be a lot better if we both win in the morning."

McIlroy and Kuchar were level at two under par after 14 holes before the former wrecked his scorecard. McIlroy posted back-to-back sevens at 15 and 16 before posting another double bogey at 17.

"I hit a drive into the trees on 15 and lost a bit of confidence," McIlroy said. "I have got to win in the morning first and I will hopefully go out there and play better against Charl. I need to win both of my matches. To go from level to three behind with three to play, then you hit your tee shot left on 16 into the water hazard as well, you resign yourself to losing the match and getting yourself ready for the next two matches."

The other winners on the opening day were Justin Rose over Hunter Mahan and Lee Westwood, who chipped in at 17 to draw level against US Open champion Webb Simpson before taking the point with a par at the last. "I played a great shot at 17, I didn't have too good a lie," said Westwood.

"The ball was sitting down where the television cabling had been. It just came out perfect and landed in the right spot. As soon as it got on the green, it looked like going in."

Westwood, playing for the first time since the Ryder Cup, said his decision not to play the Dunhill Links Championship last week was the right one. "I think it was a wise move. I didn't feel like hitting a ball until last Friday. It was good to watch the Ryder Cup highlights to see how everyone won their point. There were some miracles out there. It was a very special week and a very special last day." Westwood also broadcast his advocacy of Darren Clarke over Paul McGinlay for the Ryder Cup captaincy at Gleneagles.

The decision will be made in January. "There are a lot of good candidates but it if I were asked to pick it would be Darren," Westwood said.

"He has been a Ryder Cup stalwart for many years. The one at the K Club will be remembered for him, his great performance under the stress of what he was going through at the time.

"He is a major champion and a very good public speaker. Tactically he is very astute. I think he has a lot going for him. Paul is good in the team room and makes a great vice-captain.

"Paul has played three, Darren has played five, won a major championship and a lot of tournaments. You have to have a criteria somewhere and he edges it for me."

Suggested Topics
Arts and Entertainment
Lou Reed distorted the truth about his upbringing, and since his death in 2013, biographers and memoirists have added to the myths
musicThe truth about Lou Reed's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths
News
people
News
Ed Miliband received a warm welcome in Chester
election 2015
Life and Style
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch during an Apple special even
fashionIs the Apple Watch for you? Well, it depends if you want for the fitness tech, or the style
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own