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Sport24.co.za | McIlroy slays Schwartzel – in the kitchen


Antalya – Charl Schwartzel can cook up a mean beef dish, but
Rory McIlroy stole his thunder in the Turkish Airlines Open Gourmet Golfers
Challenge at The Montgomerie Maxx Royal on Wednesday.

In
honour of Turkish Airlines’ recent World’s Best Catering Service award for
their on-board Flying Chefs, former world number one McIlroy challenged
Schwartzel to a culinary challenge to launch the European Tour Final Series
curtain-raiser.

The two
players each receive an identical mystery bag of ingredients, a sous-chef and
10 minutes to come up with a winning dish.

McIlroy
opted for a Mediterranean chicken dish, while 2011 Masters champion Schwartzel
paid homage to South Africa with a beef creation.

Roping
in the chefs to do the chopping, the two players stirred up storm and presented
Turkish Golf Federation president Ahmet Agaoglu with their offerings.

Agaoglu
was impressed with both dishes, but awarded McIlroy the prize for his Turkish
inspired food, However, when the Ulsterman had a chance to sample Schwartzel’s
beef, he said Agaoglu got it wrong.

“He got
it wrong, Charl, this is better than mine. You were robbed, mate,” McIlroy
said, to which Schwartzel responded: “I want a recount!”

McIlroy
and Schwartzel are both eager to celebrate a return to the winner’s circle this
week.

The
South African has come close on a few occasions since his Alfred Dunhill
Championship victory in December 2013, while the Gourmet Golfers Challenge
marked McIlroy’s first ‘win’ since the WGC Cadillac Match Play and Wells Fargo
Championship victories in May.

With his
number one spot in the European Tour’s Race to Dubai is under threat from
Englishman Danny Willett, the four-time Major champion is eager for a strong
start this week.

“Danny
has had a brilliant season, and I know he’ll be doing everything he can to make
up the gap between us in the overall standings,” he said.

“But I
am confident in my own game and look forward try and win the Race to Dubai for
a third time.”

Meanwhile, Turkish Airlines announced that they have renewed their deal as title
sponsor of the Turkish Airlines Open for a further three years.

Charl Schwartzel and Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)



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