Finau overcomes wild break at HSBC

Finau overcomes wild break at HSBC

Former Northern Ireland Open victor Ryan Fox is at two-under par, World No.1 Brooks Koepka is alongside McIlroy at level-par with two Irish Open champions in Jon Rahm and Russell Knox at one-over and two-over respectively.

"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", Reed said.

Matt Fitzpatrick had five straight birdies to overcome a rough start and post a 67.

He was two shots ahead going to the 17th when his tee shot went off the side of a hill and into a hazard, leading to double bogey. He was stunned when his second shot in the par-5 18th spun off the front of the green and into the water, forcing him to scramble for par at the turn instead of an easy birdie or better.

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Rose was trying to join Woods as the only players to successfully defend a WGC title — Woods has done it eight times — and birdied the 13th and 14th holes to pull within one shot of the lead.

Finau had snatched the lead from overnight front-runner Reed and was pulling away after birdies on five of the first 10 holes despite swirling winds at Shanghai's Sheshan International Golf Club.

"It means a lot, last season I really wanted to justify my rookie year by winning but I wasn't able to do it", the Californian said.

Adam Scott is also in the top 10 after shooting a three-under-par 69 in his opening round, including a near eagle on the first hole.

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His double bogey on the 17th hole sent him from a two-shot lead to a one-shot deficit, and then he compounded it with another mistake on the 18th.

But the 29-year-old American, whose fast-improving game has vaulted him up the golf world rankings to 17th, righted the ship with three birdies down the stretch. But he misfired from the fairway on the 15th into a bunker and made bogey, and he couldn't catch up.

Justin Rose faltered over the closing stages at the WGC-HSBC Champions for Tony Finau to take a three-shot lead into the final day.

The feature group was anything but that - Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Francesco Molinari combined to shoot 6-over par. He had a chance to save par until missing a 4-foot putt. It's hard to swallow when you feel like you hit a good shot and you have a bad break like that.

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