Thursday Nov. 6, 2008
SHANGHAI, China (AP) -- Henrik Stenson shot a 7-under 65 today in
rainy Shanghai and has a narrow lead after the opening round of the HSBC Champions tournament.
The Swede dropped a 20-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to finish a shot ahead of defending champion Phil Mickelson, Anthony Kim, Sergio Garcia of Spain and Australia's Adam Scott. Garcia missed a four-foot eagle putt on the 18th that would have put him in a tie for the lead.
There's also a subplot in China. If Garcia wins this week, he'll overtake Mickelson for Number 2. If the Spaniard comes in second, Mickelson needs to finish at least fourth to keep his spot. If Garcia ends up third, Mickelson will
need to finish at least 15th to retain his current ranking.
The HSBC event is being called "Asia's major," and there are suggestions it should become a World Golf Championships event. But for now, it's simply a $5 million tournament with 10 of the world's top 20 in the field.
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