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Welcome to the 2013 Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open

Welcome to the 2013 Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open,...
Welcome to the 2013 Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open, contested once again at the beautiful Saint Omer Golf Club.1/29
Earlier in the week, we hit the Eurotunnel for the...
Earlier in the week, we hit the Eurotunnel for the trip to Saint Omer.2/29
This is what the tunnel looks like inside.
This is what the tunnel looks like inside.3/29
Saint Omer is pleased to welcome a new title...
Saint Omer is pleased to welcome a new title sponsor for this year's event, Najeti Hotels.4/29
The trophy on offer this week.
The trophy on offer this week.5/29
Tour rep Ryan Hunt makes sure the Titleist Tour...
Tour rep Ryan Hunt makes sure the Titleist Tour Support Vehicle is super clean for all visitors this week. Good polishing technique!6/29
Titleist Brand Ambassador Brooks Koepka dropped in...
Titleist Brand Ambassador Brooks Koepka dropped in soon after our arrival.7/29
Here's a closer look inside Brooks' bag.
Here's a closer look inside Brooks' bag.8/29
Ryan Hunt (left) chats with Titleist Brand...
Ryan Hunt (left) chats with Titleist Brand Ambassador Jamie Moul (right) about different hat options and fits available.9/29
Pro V1x loyalist and 2011 event winner, Matt...
Pro V1x loyalist and 2011 event winner, Matt Zions, posing with his new patriotic MyJoys shoes.10/29
The Aussie boxing kangaroo is a nice touch!
The Aussie boxing kangaroo is a nice touch!11/29
Titleist Brand Ambassador Bjorn Akesson grabbing...
Titleist Brand Ambassador Bjorn Akesson grabbing some refreshments in preparation for a practice round.12/29
A quick peek inside Bjorn's bag.
A quick peek inside Bjorn's bag.13/29
And a look at his lovely Scotty Cameron...
And a look at his lovely Scotty Cameron...14/29
...a Tour-only, Studio Select Newport 2 model.
...a Tour-only, Studio Select Newport 2 model.15/29
We later found Jamie Moul on the practice green,...
We later found Jamie Moul on the practice green, working hard on his putting.16/29
A short downhill walk from the practice green...
A short downhill walk from the practice green brings us to the 1st hole at Saint Omer.17/29
As Bjorn Akesson can attest, there are plenty of...
As Bjorn Akesson can attest, there are plenty of bunkers down the 1st hole. Pick your club...18/29
...visualise the shot...
...visualise the shot...19/29
...execute!
...execute!20/29
A look at the first green.
A look at the first green.21/29
Believe it or not, the 2nd green is at the bottom...
Believe it or not, the 2nd green is at the bottom of that hill!22/29
Pro V1x loyalist Matteo Delpodio chips down the...
Pro V1x loyalist Matteo Delpodio chips down the two-tiered green. Very much a characteristic feature of this demanding course.23/29
We found Titleist Brand Ambassador Moritz Lampert...
We found Titleist Brand Ambassador Moritz Lampert on the 14th green.24/29
The 14th is a tight par-5 that the pros will play...
The 14th is a tight par-5 that the pros will play from 531 yards this week.25/29
Team Lampert discussing their favoured way to play...
Team Lampert discussing their favoured way to play the 16th.26/29
Titleist Brand Ambassador Matt Southgate discusses...
Titleist Brand Ambassador Matt Southgate discusses his options with his caddy.27/29
Two 19-degree hybrids and a 50-degree Vokey SM4...
Two 19-degree hybrids and a 50-degree Vokey SM4 wedge was the way Matt played this hole.28/29
A final look at the downhill approach of the...
A final look at the downhill approach of the beautiful 12th hole. Cheers from Saint Omer!29/29

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The Titleist Tour Support Team have made our way to Aucuin-Westbecourt in France, about two and a half hours outside of Paris. We're here at AA Saint Omer Golf Club for the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open. The event, co-sponsored by the European Tour and the European Challenge Tour, gives lesser-known players a wonderful opportunity to play a premiere tournament whilst the rest of the golf world turns its attention to the goings-on at this week's U.S. Open.

The week began with heavy winds that impacted first round play considerably. Pro V1 loyalist Tjaart Van der Walt was one of only five players to break par in the difficult conditions. Tjaart fired a four-under-par 67 to take the early lead. At the time of this writing, the South African had picked up right where he left off. Mid-way through the second round, he remains in the lead at 6-under, two shots clear of Titleist Brand Ambassadors Robert Dinwiddie and Daniel Brooks.

At this week's Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open, 122 players in the field of 156 are relying on a Titleist golf ball, more than 7 times the nearest competitor and more than all other competitors combined.

Cheers for now. The TTSV is off to Germany, for next week's BMW International Open.

Click the photo above to view some images that we captured earlier this week from inside the ropes at Saint Omer.

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