American shoots bogey-free 66 at European Tour’s Desert Swing opener in first start since October and trails Shaun Norris and Renato Paratore
64: First-round scores for co-leaders Shaun Norris of South Africa and Renato Paratore of Italy in the European Tour’s Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship on Thursday in the United Arab Emirates. Norris and Paratore made nine birdies apiece against one bogey – both on the par-3 seventh hole at Abu Dhabi Golf Club – to set the early pace. American Brooks Koepka, the world’s top-ranked golfer, shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 in his first competitive round since October after he returned from injuring his left knee. He shared third place with Australia’s Jason Scrivener, one stroke ahead of a group of six players that included Spain’s Sergio Garcia and American Kurt Kitayama. The $7 million tournament is the first of eight stops in the elite Rolex Series and the first of the three-week Desert Swing on the European Tour schedule (scores).