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The European Tour heads west this week, across the Yellow Sea from South Korea to Tianjin for the Volvo China Open. Binhai Lake Golf Club will play host this week for the second year in a row and the wind-swept, lakeside Pete Dye design will certainly pose numerous challenges to players this week.
And to face this challenge, 102 players in the field of 156 will trust a Pro V1 or Pro V1x golf ball for their success, more than 7 times the nearest competitor and more than all competitors combined.
Getting off to a fast start, Pro V1x loyalist Mikko Ilonen is faring very well after the opening two rounds, holding a three shot lead at 12-under-par. Titleist Brand Amabassadors, Brett Rumford and Kiradech Aphibarnrat are in close pursuit and currently sit at 9-under as we head into the weekend.
Both Brett and Kiradech come into the week with plenty of momentum from recent great play. Brett is coming off a fantastic performance last week, where he hoisted the trophy at the Ballantine's Championship and Kiradech recently captured the Maybank Malaysian Open title in late March.
Team Titleist was on site in Tianjin for this final leg of the European Tour's Asian swing. We head back to Europe next week for the Volvo Match Play Championship in Bulgaria.
To view a slideshow of images we captured from Tianjin and the Volvo China Open just click on the image above.