Japan's Hideki Matsuyama coasted to victory in Shanghai to become the first Asian victor of a WGC event.
According to CBSSports.com, some of the biggest names in the sport, including Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson and Patrick Reed, have withdrawn from the first European Tour Race To Dubai playoff event, the Turkish Airlines Open.
Earlier this year McIlroy was one of 20 players to withdraw from competing at the Olympic Games, citing fears about the Zika virus. A auto explosion in the parking lot of the Antalya Trade and Industry Chamber on Tuesday slightly injured about a dozen people.
McIlroy, who is more than a million points behind leader Danny Willett of England, was set to have top billing at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort in Antalya on Thursday.
Turkey has been rocked by a wave of deadly bomb attacks in the past 18 months blamed on Kurdish rebels or Islamic State group militants.
"Since I've started to win majors, there's probably been about 10 different eras in golf", McIlroy said.
The decision to skip the tournament is a blow to the field for the Turkish Airlines Open, as McIlroy, Stenson and Reed are all elite golfers who add prestige to the event.
McIlroy's tied-fourth finish gained him 336,944 points to solidify his third place position in the Race to Dubai rankings, with a season-total of 2,824,149.
The 24-year-old finished seven shots clear of Open champion Stenson and American Daniel Berger.
"I guess (the Race to Dubai) is out of my hands". "I took the decision not to go to Turkey next week and those boys can battle it out". "I think the one thing for me - and I don't want to put anyone down - but, for example, I've won four majors and there's guys that have, you know, great players in this generation that have won one, for example, the likes of DJ [Dustin Johnson] and Jason Day. I didn't particularly play very well", Schwartzel told IOL.co.za. "I'm OK with that".
Willett will be looking to regain ground after his poor showing in the WGC event dropped him out of the top spot in the "Race to Dubai" European order of merit standings for the first time since winning the US Masters in April.