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Kaymer leads Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship after firing 8-under-64

Final Round – European Tour – Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship –Abu Dhabi Country Club – United Arab Emirates –

Germany’s Martin Kaymer fired 10 birdies in his opening round of the 2015 calendar year at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.

Kaymer opened the European Tour event scattering two bogeys to card 8-under-64. He leads at Abu Dhabi Country Club by a shot. He won this event in the United Arab Emirates in 2011, 2011 and 2008 – three of his 11 European Tour career victories.

Several high-profile players are tracking Kaymer including Rory McIlroy and Rickie Fowler. Playing together, they shot 67s in the first round and sit T-8. Branden Grace, who captured the European Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Championship in December, is T-3 after a 66.

Kaymer, No. 12 in the Official World Golf Ranking, won the U.S. Open last season and the PGA Tour’s flagship event – The Players Championship. According to www.skybet.com, Kaymer was listed as a 14-to-1 betting selection heading into the week.

Other Golf news:

  • Henrik Stenson struggled to open the season in Abu Dhabi. He shot 4-over-76. He wasn’t the only top player to stumble at the desert layout. Justin Rose shot 73 and Charl Schwartzel, who was a runner-up last week, carded a 71.
  • Jason Day, 8th in the world ranking, is the headliner and betting favorite at the PGA Tour’s Sony Open in Hawaii. Day is listed at 12-1 odds at Skybet.com. Day finished a one back of a playoff last week in Maui.
  • Patrick Reed, who won the Hyundai Tournament of Champions in Maui last week in a playoff, signed with IMG sports management.