The Desert Swing had already created some interesting headlines ahead of its arrival at the Emirates Golf Club for the Omega Dubai Desert Classic. Titleist Pro V1x loyalists Robert Rock and Paul Lawrie ran out victorious at the Abu Dhabi Golf Championship and the Qatar Masters respectively and there are a host of Titleist staffers and ball loyalists vying for the title in Dubai.

The course at The Emirates GC measures 7,301 yards for a par of 72 and at the halfway mark there has been some very aggressive scoring.

Titleist ambassador and world # 2 Rory McIlroy has a share of the lead at 13-under, with fellow staffer Rafa Cabrera-Bello just one shot back. Rafa's phenomenal opening 63 (-9) set the scene for low scoring at the event and he has follwed that up with another sub-par round to be in a very strong position for the weekend.

Rafa admires his handiwork on the range at the Emirates GC

Amongst the chasing pack are Titleist staffer Gregory Bourdy at 11-under, Pro V1x loyalists Lee Westwood and Marcel Siem at 10-under, staffer George Coetzee at 9-under, plus staffer Tano Goya and Pro V1x loyalist Henrik Stenson at 8-under.

Titleist is the overwhelming ball of choice at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic with 82 players, more than four times as many as the nearest competitor.

If the first two rounds are anything to go by, the weekend will be a thriller - and with snow on the ground over a lot of the UK, what better way to console yourself then to settle down in from of the TV and cheer on your favourite Titleist players?

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The stunning clubhouse at the Emirates GC