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Welcome to the 2013 Madeira Island Open

Welcome to Portugal and the 2013 Madeira Island...
Welcome to Portugal and the 2013 Madeira Island Open!1/22
It was a gloomy start to the week on Monday.
It was a gloomy start to the week on Monday.2/22
Pro V1x loyalist Lloyd Saltman worked with...
Pro V1x loyalist Lloyd Saltman worked with Titleist Tour Technician, Phil Dimmock, to improve his wedge game. The work must have paid off, as Lloyd leads the field after round 1 following a brilliant 8-under-par 64.3/22
ProV1x loyalist Wil Besseling is very relaxed as...
ProV1x loyalist Wil Besseling is very relaxed as he waits to tee off at the 1st tee. 4/22
It's difficult not to be relaxed when you have...
It's difficult not to be relaxed when you have views like this...5/22
...and this.
...and this.6/22
Plenty of undulation and elevation change at this...
Plenty of undulation and elevation change at this week's course, Clube de Golf do Santo da Serra. A caddy's nightmare!7/22
Titleist Brand Ambassador, Alex Levy reaches the...
Titleist Brand Ambassador, Alex Levy reaches the top of the hill.8/22
Titleist Brand Ambassador Moritz Lampert and his...
Titleist Brand Ambassador Moritz Lampert and his good friend, Pro V1x loyalist Ben Parker, making the most of a break in the weather.9/22
Titleist Brand Ambassador Soren Hansen is back in...
Titleist Brand Ambassador Soren Hansen is back in action this week after a lengthy lay off through injury. Welcome back, Soren!10/22
A quick peek in Soren's bag.
A quick peek in Soren's bag.11/22
Soren is gaming a new 712U utility iron this week....
Soren is gaming a new 712U utility iron this week. The 712U is quickly becoming a player favourite due to its blend of forgiveness, workability and trajectory control.12/22
Soren will be rolling his Pro V1x with a new...
Soren will be rolling his Pro V1x with a new prototype Scotty Cameron putter this week, nicknamed the Tour Rat.13/22
A closer look at the unique bronze mist finish and...
A closer look at the unique bronze mist finish and custom black cherry bomb graphics in the back cavity.14/22
Easy to feel confident over putts with this...
Easy to feel confident over putts with this beautiful putter!15/22
ProV1x loyalist Pelle Edberg lining up on the...
ProV1x loyalist Pelle Edberg lining up on the putting green.16/22
Pro V1x loyalist Bjorn Akesson also got lots of...
Pro V1x loyalist Bjorn Akesson also got lots of work in on the practice putting green...17/22
...as did Titleist  Brand Ambassador, Gary Stal...
...as did Titleist Brand Ambassador, Gary Stal...18/22
...and fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Dan...
...and fellow Titleist Brand Ambassador Dan Brooks, who, like everyone this week, is trying to dial in his feel on these severe slopes.19/22
The French contingent take a well earned rest!
The French contingent take a well earned rest!20/22
Pro V1x loyalist JB Hansen of Denmark guards...
Pro V1x loyalist JB Hansen of Denmark guards compatriot Morten Madsen's bag...21/22
...whilst Morten has a pitch.
...whilst Morten has a pitch.22/22

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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.

To view a slideshow of images we captured from the Madeira Island Open just click on the image above.

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