(c) 2016 Time Inc. Star-Studded Field for First WGC Event of the Season Russell Knox looks to defend his 2015 WGC-HSBC Champions title against a star-studded field that includes Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson and Rickie Fowler.Russell Knox
Patton Kizzire hopes to keep a promising start to the season going at a course where he's had recent success. The 30-year-old Kizzire is coming off a second-place finish at the Safeway Open in California two weeks ago and returns this week to the Sanderson Farms Championship, where he finished fourth a year ago.
The publicity posters plastered all over Shanghai for the WGC-HSBC Champions portray Rickie Fowler as a superhero "Eagle Eye", and the US Ryder Cup star lived up to his billing Thursday. Sweden's Rikard Karlberg leads on eight-under after a damp first round of the $9.5 million event dubbed "Asia's Major", where Rory McIlroy's putter proved as cool as the conditions. "I feel I hit the ball well," said McIlroy, who was solid from tee to green but just could not hole a putt of any length.