The last major tournament of the year in the PGA TOUR, HSBC – World Golf Championship, began could not be better for the world’s top two players, Englishman Lee Westwood and American Tiger Woods is placing in the top of the hierarchy after the first round.
The new world #1, Westwood, is just one shot away from the provisional standings leader, Italian Francesco Molinari which ended Thursday at 7 under par, after a trail covered in only 65 strokes. Molinari’s performance is even more impressive as the Italian ended the day with no bogey and no less than seven birdies, four of them in a row at the end of the journey.
But the full attention was on the battle was captured the in-four battle to lead. At its first participation in the circuit after a three-week break caused by an injury, Westwood was ideally placed in the provisional rankings, one stroke to the leader and two ahead of Woods, his main follower and the one which is looking to regain his first place.
Woods has made a good round with three birdies in a row, which puts him in position to claim victory so to return to the highest rung of the global hierarchy.
“I hit a lot of good golf shots and I felt like I was able to control my distance well coming into the greens, and also putted really well today“, said Woods.
Being in the race for the world number one, the American Phil Mickelson ended the inaugural round at 3 under par, while German Martin Kaymer, the fourth contender to first place failed to tip the scales in his advantage.