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)