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Graeme McDowell has seven early birdies to take HSBC Champions lead
Graeme McDowell has seven early birdies to take HSBC Champions lead

Graeme McDowell likes a tough golf course, and Sheshan International in Shanghai was perfect for him Thursday. He opened with seven birdies in 12 holes and then hung on for a five-under-par 67 and a two-shot lead after the first round of the HSBC Champions. The course course was tougher than ever with ankle-deep rough and fairways that are not nearly as wide. That didn't seem to bother McDowell, who only once had to contend with the thick grass. Rickie Fowler also got off to a fast start before he settled down for a 69, joining a group that included U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer, Brandt Snedeker, Tim Clark, Chris Kirk and Tommy Fleetwood. The wind was strong and out of the...

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