McDowell leads by two after first round in Shanghai

Reuters News
Posted: Nov 06, 2014 3:43 AM

By Andrew Both

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Northern Irishman Graeme McDowell plundered seven birdies to earn the first round lead with a five-under-par 67 at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament here on Thursday.

Despite two late bogeys, McDowell had no complaints after taking a two-stroke advantage over a group of six players including U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer of Germany at the demanding Sheshan course.

The $8.5 million tournament is the biggest in Asia, and the only World Golf Championships event played outside the United States.

(Editing by Sudipto Ganguly)