Eagle Eye Fowler on target as Karlberg leads in Shanghai

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SHANGHAI: 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. Sporting a new mohawk haircut under his trademark broad-peaked cap, the 27-year-old US Ryder Cup star proved a cut above all but one player as he fired a blemish-free seven-under-par 65 to lie one shot off the lead at Sheshan International Golf Club. 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. The FedEx Cup champion and world No.3 carded a steady one-under 71 with just two birdies and a solitary bogey. McIlroy wasn’t alone among the favourites to struggle. World number two and US Open champion Dustin Johnson toiled to a two-over 74, as did Masters champion Danny Willett. US PGA Champion Jimmy Walker had a day to forget with a six-over 78.

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