Turkish Airlines Open 2013: Dark Horses to Watch out for on Day 4 Finale

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2013

ANTALYA, TURKEY - NOVEMBER 08:  Justin Rose of England hits his tee shot the 17th hole during the second round of the Turkish Airlines Open at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal Course on November 8, 2013 in Antalya, Turkey.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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The inaugural Turkish Airlines Open has shown itself to be a very open affair this weekend as more than 20 players head into the final round with a score of 10 under or better.

In fact, Victor Dubuisson's magnificent Saturday form was good enough to even get him as low as 20 under, the French leader so far yet to record a score of more than 67.

However, while Dubuisson's rampage to the head of the standings has been indomitable, Sunday brings with it the final opportunity for an underdog to emerge from the field and claim the first title of this sort in Antalya.

The event's official Twitter account took note of Day 3 reaching its end:

Regardless of what their chances of victory looked like at the competition's start, Sunday could be anyone's chance to shine. A few of the outside bets are detailed ahead.


Thomas Aiken

Day 3 Score: 66

To Par: -12

Having not taken a top-10 finish from his European Tour since May of this year, the Turkish Airlines Open has been a refreshing reminder of the talent that South African Thomas Aiken is capable of on his day.

At 12 under after three days of competition, the Johannesburg native has a decent chance at recording the second-best finish of his 2013 Tour, beating the 18-under score managed in the Joburg Open but unlikely to beat his 23-under from the Avantha Masters.

ZANDVOORT, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 13:  Thomas Aiken of South Africa hits his tee shot on the 1st hole during Day 2 of the KLM Open at Kennemer G & CC on September 13, 2013 in Zandvoort, Netherlands.  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
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A good reason to back the 30-year-old at this final turn would be the manner in which he's gotten used to his Turkish surroundings, improving his birdie total on each day of competition thus far.

Aiken must now maintain that momentum but has a hard task ahead of him in attempting to better the eight birdies sunk on Saturday.


Justin Rose

Day 3 Score: 67

To Par: -13

Tied for seventh place at the time of his Day 3 finish, Justin Rose is among the most decorated outsiders coming into Sunday's climax.

The Englishman has been patchy throughout this weekend's examinations, but it's no secret as to just what the reigning U.S. Open champion is capable of producing when pushed.

Thirteen under is the best European Tour score that Rose has managed to finish on this year—that being in January's Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship—and Saturday's seven birdies will be a useful boost of confidence for his Sunday chances.


Chris Wood

Day 3 Score: 65

To Par: -12

Behind Ian Poulter and Rose, Chris Wood is another English outsider whom some might tip for a late Sunday surge this weekend.

SHANGHAI, CHINA - NOVEMBER 01:  Chris Wood of England hits a bunker shot on the fifth hole during the second round of the WGC-HSBC Champions at the Sheshan International Golf Club on November1, 2013 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Imag
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Currently averaging just one bogey per day, the 25-year-old is sitting pretty at 12 under and, like Aiken, is improving each time he heads onto the Montgomerie Maxx Royal course.

With a stroke average of 71.43, Wood is going through his worst scoring year since 2008, but the open field in Antalya may be exactly what's needed for the Bristol native to claim his second Tour victory of 2013.