Keeping Score

Haotong Li gives China its 1st lead in a WGC event

Li, a Presidents Cup qualifier, shot 64 at the PGA Tour's WGC HSBC Champions in Shanghai

1: Number of players from China who have held the lead after any round in a World Golf Championships event. China’s Haotong Li shot 64 on Thursday to set the 18-hole pace at the WGC HSBC Champions at Sheshan International Golf Club in Shanghai. Li, a two-time European Tour winner who is seeking his first victory on the PGA Tour, has posted three top-10 results in 34 starts on the U.S.-based tour. Li has qualified for the International team for next month’s Presidents Cup. France’s Victor Perez shot 7-under 65, followed by American Xander Schauffele, the defending champion, and three others at 6-under 66 (scores).

Number of players, according to the Champions Tour’s season standings, who will be playing at the Invesco QQQ Championship, which begins today at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, Calif. The tournament is the second of the 50-and-older tour’s three season-ending playoff events. The top 36 in the season standings will advance to the Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Nov. 7-10 at Phoenix Country Club (tee times).

Score for American Scottie Scheffler, whose 9-under round opened a one-stroke lead at the PGA Tour’s inaugural Bermuda Championship in Southampton, Bermuda. Scheffler, 23, the Korn Ferry Tour’s player of the year after two victories in 2019, made an eagle and eight birdies against one bogey at Port Royal Golf Course. He is seeking his first title in his fifth start of the season. American Wes Roach stood second at 63 (scores).

Distance, in yards, of the 8-iron that American Nelly Korda jarred at the par-4 15th hole at Miramar Golf Country Club as she grabbed a share of the first-round lead at the Taiwan Swinging Skirts LPGA in New Taipei City. Korda, the defending champion, was tied with South Korean Mi Jung Kur at 6-under 66. Kur, a two-time winner this season, played bogey-free golf while Korda offset three bogeys with seven birdies and an eagle (scores).

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