Reed opens up two-shot advantage in Shanghai

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Tony Finau is often associated with power, but in Round 1 of the WGC-HSBC Champions it was his putting touch - and perhaps some good fortune - that helped him get near the lead.

Fellow Queenslander Jason Day finished two shots back, while Adam Bland was on even-par 72 after his three bogeys were cancelled out by a late trio of birdies.

The American shot a five-under second round of 67 to hit the front on 11 under in Shanghai on Friday.

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

In his opening fourballs match with Brooks Koepka, the US team looked to be in big trouble until Finau's tee shot on the 16th hole hit off the railroad ties framing the green and settled 3 feet away, crucial to winning the match.

Brooks Koepka (T16): Only Schauffele fired a better round than Koepka on Sunday as the new world No. 1 shot a 3-under 69 to close out his first event as the top-ranked player in the world.

McIlroy also was wild at times off the tee, though it really only cost him on the short 16th hole.

Dustin Johnson wouldn't figure to contribute to that opportunity. He had a chance to save par until missing a 4-foot putt. He was 14 shots behind.

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A Ryder Cup hero for Europe in Paris, Fleetwood finished with a birdie for a 72 and a share of fifth with American Andrew Putnam, who shot a 67 to move to eight-under for the tournament.

The victory for Schauffele is his third in the last eighteen months, and it crescendoed.

Finau, of Samoan and Tongan descent, is the first player of that ancestry on the PGA Tour and the first Polynesian to play in the Ryder Cup, where he provided a rare bright spot as a U.S. captain's pick in last month's crushing loss to Europe. He had 11 top 10s last season.

"I feel like my attitude is like this a lot". "I was happy just to make a few birdies coming down the stretch. So I knew that I still needed to pull off a shot and hit the green". "I didn't give up and that's always my mentality, just keep fighting until the end".

His only PGA win so far was the 2016 Puerto Rico Open.

Rose benefitted from a final-round collapse in Shanghai past year by Dustin Johnson to come from eight strokes back for the win.

"Tony is great, and he's due a win, to be fair", Fleetwood said.

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