Brooks Koepka leads Round one at HSBC Champions
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Brooks Koepka shines on Day 1 at the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China. Koepka stormed into the lead with an eagle on the par-5, 18th, the very last hole to put Gavin Green one shot back from the lead and tied with Kiradech Aphibarnrat.
Brooks Koepka’s round
The U.S. Open Champion Brooks Koepka posted eight-under 64 today to take a shot lead over Malaysian Gavin Green and Thai Kiradech Aphibarnrat. Koepka in his round posted an amazing birdie from a water hazard and an eagle on the 18th, seven birdies and a bogey on the par-4, third, his round was a fiery one from the start when he posted birdie on the very first hole, went for par on the second, and a bogey on the third, but recovered with a birdie on the very next hole and posted four of his seven birdies on front nine.
Gavin Green and Kiradech on the hunt
Asian Tour Order of Merit leader Gavin Green led the field for most of the day and his recent win at the Mercuries Taiwan Masters is surely the reason behind his upbeat performance once again. Green posted a bogey-free round of seven-under 65 and losing his top spot, courtesy to an eagle by Koepka on the last hole.
Kiradech posted most birdies for the day 10 and still shared the second spot due to three birdies in his card, one on the front nine and two on the back nine. Kiradech went for five birdies on each front for a solid seven-under 65 for the day.
Patrick Reed and Haydn Porteous share the fourth spot with their rounds of six-under 66, where Reed went bogey-free and Porteous had 10 birdies, two bogeys and a heart-wrenching double-bogey on the par-5, 14th.
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The British Master’s champ who outnumbered McIlroy to win, Paul Dunne posted a round of five-under 67 consisting six birdies and a bogey on the par-3, 17th, for a shared sixth spot with Tony Finau, Ashun Wu, British Open’s runner-up Matt Kuchar, and Justin Rose.
Defending Champion, Hideki Matsuyama
The defending champion Hideki Matsuyama, who last won WGC Bridgestone Invitational in August, had a dismal round of two-over par for a T-67th position on the board, consisting three birdies, two bogeys, and a triple-bogey on the par-4, third hole, he shares his position with Branden Grace who had a magical round of 62 at The Open, Yi Cao, Andrew Dodt, and Ashley Hall.
Grace posted four birdies, four bogeys and a double-bogey on the par-5, 14th, to join Matsuyama at the 67th spot.
Long list of T-11th spot
Dustin Johnson who won the event in 2013 is sharing 11th spot with Matthew Griffin, Patrick Cantlay, Matthew Southgate, Henrik Stenson, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Daniel Berger, Tyrrell Hatton, Matthew Fitzpatrick, and Brian Harman at four-under 68.