Posted: 14 June 2013
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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.
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Posted: 7 June 2013
The Titleist Tour Support Team is in Austria this week, as the European Tour returns to Diamond Country Club for the Lyoness Open. A number of prominent players have made the trip oversees to prepare for next week's U.S. Open Championship, but a talented host has also arrived here in Atzenbrugg. Leading the field is Titleist Brand Ambassador and defending Lyoness champion Bernd Wiesberger, who is hoping for a repeat performance on his native soil.
Diamond CC has been deluged with heavy rains this week, which should make the thick rough here an even greater challenge. Players who can drive it well and hit fairways will enjoy a distinct advantage on the par-72, 7,386-yard layout.
At the time of this writing, Pro V1 loyalist Joost Luiten holds the tournament lead. Joost shot 65-68 in the first two rounds, good for an 11-under-par total and a one shot lead over two players, including Pro V1x loyalist Paul Waring.
At this week's Lyoness Open, 112 players in the field of 151 are relying on a Titleist golf ball, more than 4 times the nearest competitor and more than all other competitors combined.
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Posted: 17 May 2013
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It's a busy week for the Titleist Tour Support Team this week as the European Tour is staging two events. A host of talent has travelled to Portugal's beautiful island of Madeira for this year's Madeira Island Open.
The cliff-top links of Porto Santo Golf Club, designed by the great Seve Ballesteros, again welcomes the players for the event. Because Madeira is so remote, it's logistically impossible to get the Titleist Tour Support Vehicle (TTSV) on site for the tournament. Instead, product has to be shipped from Titleist's European HQ well in advance to ensure that our Team is supplied with plenty of product to address any player need that may be encountered.
Despite the gloomy weather that we've seen thus far, it hasn't prevented some stellar play. Pro V1x loyalist Lloyd Saltman equalled his best round ever as a professional, firing an 8-under 64 to take a four-shot lead after the opening round.
This morning, Scotland's Craig Lee (Pro V1x) followed up an opening round 67 with a 4-under 68, taking a one-shot lead over his fellow compatriot as Saltman awaits the start of his second round. Titleist Brand Ambassador Thomas Levet rounds out the top-3 at the time of this posting, currently at 7-under.
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