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Welcome to the 2013 Ballantine's Championship

Welcome to the 2013 Ballantines Championship!
Welcome to the 2013 Ballantines Championship!1/19
The Korean TTSV bathed in sunshine.
The Korean TTSV bathed in sunshine.2/19
Blackstone GC, on the edge of Seoul, plays host to...
Blackstone GC, on the edge of Seoul, plays host to the Ballantines Championship for the 3rd consecutive year.3/19
A look around the Blackstone GC clubhouse and you...
A look around the Blackstone GC clubhouse and you find some unusual visitors!4/19
A signed flag from the 2012 championship.
A signed flag from the 2012 championship.5/19
Titleist ambassador, Bernd Wiesberger had his...
Titleist ambassador, Bernd Wiesberger had his hands on the trophy last year. Can he defend the title in 2013?6/19
A look down the 5th hole at Blackstone GC.
A look down the 5th hole at Blackstone GC.7/19
The view from the 4th tee.
The view from the 4th tee.8/19
A view back up the 4th hole from the green.
A view back up the 4th hole from the green.9/19
Paul Vizanko (second from right) from the Scotty...
Paul Vizanko (second from right) from the Scotty Cameron putter studio was in town. Here he shares his thoughts with Titleist Brand Ambassador Arnond "Bank" Vongvanij (far right).10/19
Pro V1x loyalist, Johan Edfors, chats with his...
Pro V1x loyalist, Johan Edfors, chats with his caddie during practice.11/19
Pro V1x loyalist, Joel Sjoholm was warming up his...
Pro V1x loyalist, Joel Sjoholm was warming up his flat stick on Wednesday.12/19
Titleist ambassador Soren Hansen works on his...
Titleist ambassador Soren Hansen works on his putting stroke under the watchful eye of Scotty Cameron putter technician, Henry Byrne.13/19
Lunchtime, Korean Style on the TTSV.
Lunchtime, Korean Style on the TTSV.14/19
The team this week at the Ballantines...
The team this week at the Ballantines Championship, including Titleist ambassador, Peter Uihlein (fifth from the left).15/19
Prior to arriving at the tournament, we got to...
Prior to arriving at the tournament, we got to take a look around the city of Seoul... 16/19
This is a shot of the famous North Seoul Tower in...
This is a shot of the famous North Seoul Tower in Namsan Park. The tower is located in the center of Seoul and can be seen from anywhere in the city. 17/19
Also in Namsan Park is an attraction known as the...
Also in Namsan Park is an attraction known as the love-lock. Here, lovers lock tiny padlocks around messages expressing their eternal love. The couples then throw the keys far away, in the hopes of securing the bonds forever. 18/19
After a long day's work, the team headed out...
After a long day's work, the team headed out for traditional Korean food. Check back with us again as we recap all the action from the Ballantines Championship!19/19

The European Tour heads to the far east this week, to Blackstone Golf Club in South Korea for the Ballantine's Championship.

As has been the case for most Ballantine's Championships in recent memory, the weather will again play a role this week.  Thick fog and heavy rain halted play in the first round, and also prevented the completion of today's second round.  

Two Titleist Brand Ambassadors currently share the early lead.   Wade Ormsby (Pro V1x), who earlier this month won the Asian Tour's Pansonic Open India, posted a 7-under 137 through the halfway mark to match the total of fellow Pro V1x loyalist Arnond "Bank" Vongvanij. Both players sit at 7-under 137.

Also playing well in defense of the title he captured last year is Titleist and FootJoy ambassador Bernd Wiesberger (Pro V1x).  The Ballantine's Championship was one of two European Tour titles earned by the skilled Austrian in 2012 (his other win came at the Lyoness Open).  Bernd comes into the event in fine form, having posted a T-5 finish at his last event, the Trophée Hassan II.  He's giving no signs of surrendering the Ballantine's title easily, shooting 1-under 71 in his opening round and moving to minu-2 through 13 holes of his second round.   

World No. 7 and Pro V1x loyalist Louis Oosthuizen  is playing in his first Ballantine's Championship this week and the Blackstone layout apparently suits him.  Louis currently sits at minus-4 with two holes in his first round left to complete on Friday.

Great news thus far for a number of  Pro V1x loyalists.  

To view a slideshow of images from the Ballantines Championship, just click on the image above:

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