October 31, 2019 / 8:14 AM / 13 days ago

Golf-Local favourite Li earns one-shot lead at HSBC Champions

Oct 31 (Reuters) - Local favourite Li Haotong rode a wave of home support to grab the first-round lead at the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai on Thursday.

Li, one of seven players Chinese in the field, carded an eight-under-par 64, capping off his day by sinking a 12-foot par-saving putt at his final hole as the gallery roared in approval at Sheshan International.

He holds a one-shot advantage over Frenchman Victor Perez, while American defending champion Xander Schauffele was among a group two behind in the World Golf Championships event.

Rory McIlroy recovered from a bogey at his first hole to shoot 67.

Reporting by Andrew Both in Tokyo; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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