• Reuters


Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell made a flying, seven birdie start to grab a two-shot lead after the first round of the $8.5 million WGC-HSBC Champions tournament on Thursday.

McDowell coped well with a fluctuating breeze and thick rough at Sheshan Golf Club to fire a five-under-par 67 after two late bogeys spoilt his card.

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