Sergio Garcia fired a brilliant 64 to take a one-shot lead after the opening day of the BMW Masters in Shanghai. The Spaniard carded nine birdies and just a single bogey at Lake Malaren to reach eight-under, as he looks to claim his first title of the yea.r
Byeong Hun An and Victor Dubuisson share second after matching 65s, while Ross Fisher and Lucas Bjerregaard are two off the pace on six-under.
Paul Casey, Justin Rose and Thongchai Jaidee are a further stroke back, but Danny Willett’s plans of putting further pressure on the absent Rory McIlroy in the Race to Dubai got off to a slow start, as he could only manage a level-par 72.
It is Garcia who is in charge and the 35-year-old admits he was pleased by how he played on Thursday, but says there is still a long way to go.