Thursday, October 25, 2018

Patrick Reed takes early lead in Shanghai

Round One Report
Patrick Reed fired a brilliant opening 64 in windy conditions at Sheshan International Golf Club to take the first-round lead at the WGC-HSBC Champions.
The Masters Tournament champion was teeing it up for the first time since The Ryder Cup in Shanghai but he showed no signs of rust, making eight birdies in a bogey-free effort that moved him to eight under, two shots ahead of fellow Americans Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele.
Reed already has one World Golf Championships title to his name at the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship and has three top tens to go with his Augusta National triumph this season to sit third in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex.
Matthew Fitzpatrick was then at five under, a shot clear of fellow Englishman and current Race to Dubai champion Tommy Fleetwood, Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello, American Billy Horschel and Taiwan's C.T. Pan.
Horschel and Pan were both bogey-free in their efforts, with defending champion Justin Rose, 2012 winner Ian Poulter, fellow Englishman Matt Wallace, American Keegan Bradley, South African George Coetzee and Australian Adam Scott a shot further back.
Player Quotes
Patrick Reed: "It feels great. To be able to come out here and to be the first event back and to feel like I hit the ball really solid. I had full control, especially with how windy it was today.
"It felt really good because if you can go out and shoot rounds like that in these kind of conditions, you know you're going to have confidence when the wind dies down and there are perfect conditions out there.
"I really just need to keep on taking it day by day and try to shoot the lowest round I can each day. Hopefully I'll shoot a couple more of these rounds, I think that will help me out."
Xander Schauffele: “I'll always take a bogey-free round, no matter where we are in the world. It was a little windy. We got our feet wet through the first couple holes. Saved a few. I made a really long par putt early in the round, so I easily could have been over par. We sort of hung in there and gave ourselves some more looks coming down the stretch.
“Kept the ball in the fairway for the most part. We knew it was going to be kind of windy today and a little tricky with the dog legs but yeah, we kept the ball in the fairway for the most part which made the approaches a little easier.”
Tony Finau: “I played well. It played tough, especially early when the wind was up on the front nine, which was the back nine. I made a couple bombs, which was really kind of the story of the day, which kept the momentum up for me through my round.
“Just keep doing what I'm doing. I hit a lot of fairways today, which was nice, and you have to on this golf course, especially if the wind is going to be up because the greens are not really accessible if you're hitting out of the rough.”
Matt Fitzpatrick: “It was great but obviously not the ideal start. I started on 10, and two over through four I think. Then got it back together and realised in the scorer's hut, it was five birdies in a row from 16 to two. So yeah, it was great.
“I knew I had to stay patient. I really love playing this golf course. Suits my eye well. Played a really great pitch on the par five 14th and that just sort of got my round going, basically.
“It is a strange wind. I don't remember it. Some holes are playing quite short today, and it's a strong wind today. Hope it stays the same and shoot the same scores the next three days, I'll be all right.”
First Round Scores
par 72
64 P Reed (USA)
66 T Finau (USA) , X Schauffele (USA)
67 M Fitzpatrick (Eng)
68 C Pan (Taipei) , B Horschel (USA) , T Fleetwood (Eng) , K Aphibarnrat (Tha) , R Cabrera Bello (Spn)
69 I Poulter (Eng) , G Coetzee (SAf) , A Scott (Aus) , M Wallace (Eng) , J Rose (Eng) , K Bradley (USA) ,
70 R Fox (Nzl) , K Stanley (USA) , E Grillo (Arg) , P Perez (USA) , C Reavie (USA) , A Björk (Swe) , P Cantlay (USA) , A Putnam (USA) ,
71 A Levy (Fra) , J Ritchie (RSA) , J Day (Australia)
72 W Liang (Chn) , A Otaegui (Spn) , R McIlroy (NIre) , S Kodaira (Jpn) , H Matsuyama (Jpn) , A Sullivan (Eng) , T Hatton (Eng) , S Kim (USA) , A Pavan (Ita) , B Koepka (USA) , X Zhang (Chn) , G Bhullar (Ind) , B Grace (SAf). A Bland (Australia).

3 A Wu (Chn) , J Campillo (Spn) , J Rahm (Esp) , P Casey (Eng) , H Li (Chn) , S Vincent (Zim) , B Harman (USA) , B Rumford (Aus) ,
74 A Hadwin (Can) , Y Inamori (Jpn) , J Norris (Australia) , J Suri (USA) , D Johnson (USA) , B Stone (SAf) , R Knox (Sco) , P Kizzire (USA) , A Noren (Swe) , C Hoffman (USA) ,
75 B Snedeker (USA) , T Olesen (Den) , J Scrivener (Aus) , Y Liu (Chn) , Y Ikeda (Jpn) , T Pieters (Bel) , B An (S Kor) , K Na (USA) , J Catlin (USA) ,
76 C Smith (Australia) , B Xiao (Chn) , F Molinari (Italy), J Harding (SA
f)) , E Van Rooyen (SAf)
77 L Bjerregaard (Den) , O Bekker (SAf) , S Park (S Kor)
78 Y Yuan (Chn)
80 S Sharma (India)
 

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