Aug 7, 2011; Akron, OH, USA; Adam Scott celebrates on the 18th hole after him his putt to win the championship during the final round of the World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational at Firestone Country Club. (Allan Henry-US PRESSWIRE)

Oosthuizen, Scott Share First Round Lead at WGC-HSBC Champions

The final tournament in the World Golf Championships is currently being contested in Guangdong, China at the Mission Hills Golf Club. After the first round, a coupe of familiar names rest atop the leaderboard: 2010 Open Championship winner Louis Oosthuizen and 2011 WGC-Bridgestone champ Adam Scott. Both ended their first round by carding a 7-under-par 65.

Both began on their rounds on the back nine.

Oosthuizen turned in a clean card for his first round. Not a bogey on it. Scott did have one bogey (the par-3 17th), but he did record an eagle on the par-5 9th, Scott’s final hole of the round. Nice way to leave the course…

But Oosthuizen and Scott might not want to get too comfortable with their standing as two-time winner Phil Mickelson (’07, ’09) lurks. He’s a mere stroke behind them at -6. Phil had a clean card as well.

Paired with Mickelson were Lee Westwood, who finished the round at -2, and Francesco Molinari, who sits at +2.

Along with Mickelson at -6 are 2012 Master champ Bubba Watson, last week’s European Tour winner at the BMW Championship Peter Hanson and Shane Lowry.

Watson and Hanson were paired together for the round. The third in the group, Branden Grace, a four-time winner this year on the European Tour, was not as fortunate as his playing partners. Grace is at +3.

With two holes remaining in his round, Lowry sat on the top spot of the leaderboard. That is until he was knocked down into the second place foursome after recording back-to-back bogeys on 17 and 18. Those missteps left Lowry a shot back instead of finishing as the first round leader.

Coming off his come-from-behind win at last week’s CIMB, Nick Watney could only manage an ever-par 72 in recording four birdies and four bogeys.

Tomorrow’s tee times are up here. Please note the change in time as the times listed are local time. The page does display your current time so that you can make the adjustment.

Also, you can catch this video with highlights from today’s first round.

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