WGC. HSBC Champions. Branden Grace Leads.

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Branden Grace leads after the first round of the WGC HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Gold Club in China.

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Branden carded a first round -9 under par 63 to lead the WGC Championship, HSBC Champions in China. He is currently at #6 in the Race to Dubai, and knows a good result here could put him into contention, but he needs to sink a few more putts;

“Coming into these events, knowing that I’m sixth, I know one good week can change everything and give it a last final push.”

“There’s a lot still to play for.”

“It was a fun day. From the start I started hitting the ball nicely and missed a couple of short putts which was costly.”

“Could have been lower but made a couple nice ones that cancelled the others out.”

“The ball-striking was probably the best it’s been in a long time, so that was the main key today.”

“Barely had a breath of wind out there and the golf course is playing probably as easy as it could be playing.”

“There’s some low scores out there. The guys are playing some great golf, and when you play on greens like this, as well, it helps. You just have to get the ball on the right line and it goes in.”

Thorbjørn Olesen, Steven Bowditch and Kevin Kisner are tied in second place, all a shot behind at -8 under par.

Danny Willett, who is just behind Rory in the Race to Dubai, signed for an opening -7 under par 65, to sit just two shots off the lead alongside American duo Dustin Johnson and Patrick Reed.

Rory McIlroy, coming back from his illness returned in a respectable -4 under 68, despite a double bogey on the par four 15th, to be T16.

 

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