Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Reed opens up two-shot advantage in Shanghai

Reed opens up two-shot advantage in Shanghai

Tony Finau of the United States hits from a bunker during the final round of the HSBC Champions golf tournament held at the Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. It took him 15 shots to play the two par 5s on the front nine, taking a triple bogey on No. 2 and a double bogey on the par-5 eighth hole.

The American told said on "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 flawless conditions out there". However, the world number five's second shot flew over the green into a water hazard and after he mis-hit his chip, his ball trickled into the same hazard again.

Teeing it up for the first time since 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.

Patrick Reed overcame windy conditions to claim a two-shot lead at Shanghai event with an eight-under-par first-round 64.

In the European Club Trophy, Portmarnock have it all to do in their bid to become the third Irish club to win the title after a slow opening day at Golf du Médoc Resort in France. "It was possibly an eight-under round with the chances that I had", said the world number three. He also missed several short putts and shot 74, leaving him 13 shots back.

Fleetwood had been one off the lead after birdieing the third, fourth and 10th and dropping a shot on the fifth.

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Dustin Johnson faded after a quick start and shot 73.

" Definitely feel like I let one get away".

"The issue's obviously with Jordan not wanting to play with me", he told the New York Times after the US were thrashed by Europe in Paris. "I was happy just to make a few birdies coming down the stretch. I didn't give up and that's always my mentality, just keep fighting until the end".

If Xiong, who turns 20 on November 9, triumphs Sunday, he would become only the second teenager to win on the PGA Tour since 1931.

"This wasn't the same season but it's the same calendar year so I'll take it".

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