Brian Davis

McIlroy, Spieth Shoot Strong At HSBC; South Africa's Grace Has Lowest Opening Round In WGC History

At Shanghai, Rory McIlroy finally climbed out of bed 10 pounds lighter from a bout of food poisoning and shot 68. Jordan Spieth returned from his longest break without touching his golf clubs and also had a 68. Both felt good about their start Thursday in the HSBC Champions.

It just wasn't enough to be anywhere near the lead.

Branden Grace of South Africa, a month removed from his sterling performance in the Presidents Cup, birdied half of the holes at soft, vulnerable Sheshan International for a 9-under 63. It was the lowest opening round in the 11-year history of the World Golf Championship event

Kevin Kisner made his debut in China by playing bogey-free for a 64. He...