Fowler 1 off lead at HSBC Champions

(AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

SHANGHAI (AP) Rickie Fowler dropped by PGA of America headquarters in Florida with the Ryder Cup trophy last week as a way to let the employees share in the U.S. celebration. The trophy stayed behind. Fowler brought memories of Hazeltine all the way to China.

While the Ryder Cup was a team victory, Fowler's own contributions gave him a shot of confidence going into the HSBC Champions.

He was solid from tee to green, attacked the par 5s and holed one last birdie putt Thursday for a 7-under-par 65, leaving him one shot behind Rikard Karlberg of Sweden, who made an auspicious World Golf Championships debut with nine birdies in his round of 64.


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