‘I had full control, especially with how windy it was’: Patrick Reed pleased to seize first-round lead at WGC-HSBC Championship in testing conditions
- Patrick Reed finished the first round of the WGC-HSBC Championship on top
- He showed no signs of rust as he teed it up for the first time since the Ryder Cup
- Reed carded a blemish-free eight-under-par to surge to the top of the board
- Tony Finau and Xander Schauffle were the nearest challengers at six-under par
American Patrick Reed carded a blemish-free eight-under-par 64 to surge to the top of the leaderboard after the opening round of the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai on Thursday.
Teeing it up for the first time since the Ryder Cup, the reigning Masters champion showed no signs of rust as he made four birdies to make the turn in 32 before gains on the first three holes ensured he steered clear of the chasing pack.
Reed holed an 18-footer on his final hole to take a two-shot lead as he signed for a near-perfect opening round in windy conditions at the Sheshan International Golf Club.
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