LEE Westwood is five shots off the pace after the first round of the Lake Malaren Shanghai Masters.
Chasing the record £1.25million winner’s cheque, Westwood’s 69 left him behind 22-year-old playing partner Rory McIlroy. The world number three shot a bogey free eight under par 64 yesterday.
US Open champion McIlroy’s impressive round gave him a one-shot lead, with American Hunter Mahan his closest challenger.
Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Padraig Harrington shared third place, three off the lead, after rounds of 67, with American Anthony Kim and China’s Li Chao carding 68s.
Westwood, from Worksop, the world number two, finished level with John Daly, Robert Karlsson, YE Yang and Retief Goosen, while Colin Montgomerie was one further adrift, along with South Africans Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen.
The tournament is a 30-man invitational event, not aligned with the main tours, and offers the highest first prize in professional golf.