Thursday, April 26, 2018
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Par 5s lift Oosthuizen once more

SHENZHEN, China — Louis Oosthuizen again took advantage of the par 5s at Mission Hills, shooting 9-under 63 Friday in the HSBC Champions to build a five-shot lead and break a World Golf Championships record that had belonged to Tiger Woods.

Along with opening a five-shot lead over Ernie Els, his fellow South African and mentor, and first-round co-leader Adam Scott, Oosthuizen reached 16-under 128. That's the lowest score to par through 36 holes in any World Golf Championships event since they began in 1999.

Woods had 15-under 125 at Firestone in Akron, Ohio, in 2000, and he was at 15-under 127 at the Grove outside London in 2006. Woods went on to win those events by 11 shots and eight shots, respectively.

"You get those days where if you hit it well, you leave yourself in a decent spot for a chip-and-putt for a birdie on the par 5s," Oosthuizen said. "I think I can reach all of them, which, you know, makes it easy."

Els, who skipped the PGA Grand Slam of Golf last week because of a minor ankle injury, shot 63 that vaulted him from 19th place into a tie for second with Scott (68).

Shane Lowry (68) and Jason Dufner (66) were another shot behind. Phil Mickelson, a two-time HSBC Champions winner, made double bogey on his last hole for a 69 that left him seven shots behind going into the weekend.

lpga: Jiyai Shin and Ayako Uehara shot 4-under 68 to lead the Mizuno Classic after the first round at Shima, Japan. Angela Stanford and defending champion Momoko Ueda were in a group of six at 3 under.

champions: Jay Haas matched the tour record for a round with 10-under 60 to open a five-stroke lead in the Charles Schwab Cup Championship at Scottsdale, Ariz. Haas, at 14-under 126, became the eighth player in the tour's history to shoot 60, and he broke the course record on Desert Mountain's Cochise layout. Tom Lehman was second after 63, moving into position to win the seasonlong Charles Schwab Cup points race and $1 million annuity. Bernhard Langer (65), 211 points ahead of second-place Lehman, was tied for fifth at 6 under.

report: Mcilroy to nike: Rory McIlroy has signed a 10-year deal with Nike worth at least $200 million, making him the brand's highest-paid golfer, replacing Tiger Woods, Fox Sports reported. McIlroy has filmed his first commercial for Nike with Woods, Nick Watney and Kyle Stanley, it said. No one involved with the deal would confirm it. The deal begins next year, Fox Sports said. McIlroy had used Titleist clubs and balls.

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