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Welcome to the 2013 Volvo China Open

Welcome to the 2013 Volvo China Open!
Welcome to the 2013 Volvo China Open!1/18
Binhai Lake Golf Club is a 7,378-yard, Pete...
Binhai Lake Golf Club is a 7,378-yard, Pete Dye-designed layout that is well-defended by wind and water. Binhai Lake, from which the club derives its name, can be seen on most holes.2/18
A view of the clubhouse at Binia Lake Golf Club.
A view of the clubhouse at Binia Lake Golf Club.3/18
A view from the 10th tee at Binhai Lakes GC.
A view from the 10th tee at Binhai Lakes GC.4/18
A view from the fairway on the 11th hole.
A view from the fairway on the 11th hole.5/18
A look down the 12th hole.
A look down the 12th hole.6/18
Binhai Lake.
Binhai Lake.7/18
Titleist Brand Ambassador Phil Price takes a break...
Titleist Brand Ambassador Phil Price takes a break from some work on the practice range. Phil is gaming 712 Series AP1 irons this week, in addition to four 910H hybrids.8/18
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger, ready to let...
Titleist Brand Ambassador Jbe Kruger, ready to let fly with his 913 D3 driver.9/18
We got to catch up with Prom "The...
We got to catch up with Prom "The Dolphin" Meesawat this week. Looking forward to seeing more of him in Europe this season.10/18
Here's a shot of Prom's staff bag...
Here's a shot of Prom's staff bag...11/18
...and a closer look at his trademark Dolphin...
...and a closer look at his trademark Dolphin headcover.12/18
Titleist Brand Ambassador Ricardo Santos enjoying...
Titleist Brand Ambassador Ricardo Santos enjoying the beautiful sunshine here on China's northeast coast.13/18
Titleist Brand Ambassador Martin Wiegele putting...
Titleist Brand Ambassador Martin Wiegele putting in some work with his 712 CB irons.14/18
We were also happy to catch up this week with...
We were also happy to catch up this week with Titleist Brand Ambassador Scott Strange, a former Volvo China Open champion.15/18
Team Germany! Titleist Brand Ambassadors, Max...
Team Germany! Titleist Brand Ambassadors, Max Kieffer and Moritz Lampert practicing together. 16/18
Max discussing some strategy with his caddy.
Max discussing some strategy with his caddy.17/18
A final nod back from Moritz before he turns his...
A final nod back from Moritz before he turns his attention toward a successful week here in Tianjin!18/18

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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.

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