4 Nov 2011

PGA champion leads world class field in Shanghai

8:34 am on 4 November 2011

American golf's new sensation Keegan Bradley is a clear leader after an opening round of 65 at the WGC Champions tournament in Shanghai.

The 21-year-old, whose remarkable rookie year as a professional has featured two titles including the PGA championship, is two strokes clear of a world class field.

The US Open champion Rory McIlroy, who's trying to cash in on Luke Donald's absence from the tournament, is five strokes from the lead in a tie for 18th.

The young Northern Irishman needs a high finish in Shanghai to make inroads into Donald's substantial lead in the race for the European Tour's money title and a unique double.

England's world number one has already wrapped up the PGA tour's money title, and Donald's 1.3 million euros ahead of McIlroy on the European money list - but Donald is back home in Chicago with his wife, who's due to give birth to their second child in the next two weeks.

McIlroy's Danish girlfriend, the world tennis number one Caroline Wozniacki, is watching him play this week for the first time.