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Welcome to the 2013 Lyoness Open

Welcome to the 2013 Lyoness Open.  Titleist Brand...
Welcome to the 2013 Lyoness Open. Titleist Brand Ambassador Bernd Wiesberger is enjoying top billing as the defending champion. After a 3rd place finish last week, Bernd's spirits and confidence are high.1/23
Our home for the week, Diamond Country Club.
Our home for the week, Diamond Country Club.2/23
Takin' it to the Tour!  The Titleist Tour...
Takin' it to the Tour! The Titleist Tour Support Vehicle reports for duty on site in Atzenbrugg, Austria.3/23
Lots of rain and wind greeted us on Monday. ...
Lots of rain and wind greeted us on Monday. Central Europe has been hit with a month's worth of rain in two days, causing flash floods in many areas.4/23
Re-spiking golf shoes was a popular task this week...
Re-spiking golf shoes was a popular task this week given the soggy footing.5/23
Beanies, towels and mittens were also popular this...
Beanies, towels and mittens were also popular this week. Time for a re-stock!6/23
Luke Goddard's irons in for a re-shaft.  Back...
Luke Goddard's irons in for a re-shaft. Back to his old set with Project X 6.5's.7/23
A view of the 7,328-yard Jeremy Pern design.  As...
A view of the 7,328-yard Jeremy Pern design. As you can see, plenty of aqua on this course even before the rains set in.8/23
Titleist Brand Ambassador Thomas Levet is not...
Titleist Brand Ambassador Thomas Levet is not going to let the wet weather dampen his spirits.9/23
Let's take a look at the course.  Tricky pin...
Let's take a look at the course. Tricky pin positions. Plenty of break on these greens.10/23
This is the ninth green.
This is the ninth green.11/23
A closest-to-the-pin marker set out on a par-3...
A closest-to-the-pin marker set out on a par-3 green for the pro-am competition.12/23
We've run into Thomas Levet again, here about...
We've run into Thomas Levet again, here about to start his pro-am round.13/23
A quick stretch and Thomas was ready to go.
A quick stretch and Thomas was ready to go.14/23
Let's head back to the practice putting green...
Let's head back to the practice putting green to check in on some players. Quick pilsner at the halfway house?15/23
The Double Ace Man!  Titleist Brand Ambassador...
The Double Ace Man! Titleist Brand Ambassador Andrew Dodt made two holes-in-one during the second round of last week's Nordea Masters. Andrew took a little time to celebrate his rare accomplishment, but he's gotten back to business straight away here in Austria. 16/23
Pro V1x loyalist Gary Stal trying to get a feel...
Pro V1x loyalist Gary Stal trying to get a feel for how putts will break on these wet greens.17/23
Pro V1 loyalist Tjart Van der Walt drilling in...
Pro V1 loyalist Tjart Van der Walt drilling in some good alignment habits.18/23
On the practice range, Titleist Brand Ambassador...
On the practice range, Titleist Brand Ambassador James Kingston loosening up.19/23
Great strike on that iron shot, James!
Great strike on that iron shot, James!20/23
We also find Titleist Brand Ambassador Moritz...
We also find Titleist Brand Ambassador Moritz Lampert. Moritz always seems to be in good spirits.21/23
Looking good there, Mo!
Looking good there, Mo!22/23
Pro V1x loyalist Oscar Florens had a brief scare...
Pro V1x loyalist Oscar Florens had a brief scare when his bag went missing early in the week. He's all smiles now, though, equipment safe and sound. Like us, he's looking forward to great things this weekend. Cheers from Austria!23/23

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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.

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

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