LEE Westwood is four shots off the lead after the first round of the HSBC Champions tournament in Shanghai yesterday.
Worksop’s Westwood carded a 69 to lie behind playing partner Keegan Bradley, who shot a seven under par 65.
US PGA champion Bradley, aged 25, who in August became only the second player in 98 years to win the very first major he played in, had never played with Westwood before, but out-scored both England’s world number two and Australian Adam Scott, the other member of the three-ball.
He said: “To be in a group like that in this tournament and to play like that is very rewarding and means a lot to me. A year ago this week I had just got my PGA Tour card. To think a year on I would be sitting here in the lead is pretty remarkable.”
The year’s other major winners Rory McIlroy and Charl Schwartzel had 70s while Darren Clarke shot a 73.