Brooks Koepka hits great recovery shot out of water hazard, sets pace in Shanghai with eight-under 64
Brooks Koepka holds a one-stroke lead over Gavin Green after one round at Sheshan International. AP

SHANGHAI — US Open champion Brooks Koepka made birdie from a water hazard late in his round and opened with an 8-under 64 to build a one-shot lead in the HSBC Champions.

Koepka already threw away one opportunity by three-putting from four feet on the third hole for bogey. Then, he hooked a 3-iron off the tee at the par-5 eighth and into a tiny stream. He removed his shoes and blasted it out of the water onto the fairway, ripped a 3-wood from 275 yards onto the green and made a 20-foot birdie putt.

He had a one-shot lead over Gavin Green of Malaysia and Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand.

Patrick Reed was another shot behind with a 66.

Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 player in the world, opened with a 68.

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