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SHANGHAI, China -- Dustin Johnson tied the course record with a 9-under 63, four shots better than anyone else Friday, and built

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SHANGHAI, China -- Dustin Johnson tied the course record with a 9-under 63, four shots better than anyone else Friday, and built a five-shot lead in the HSBC Champions. Gary Roberts Flames Jersey Authentic . It was the kind of score that might make everyone else wonder which course he was playing. Except that Graeme McDowell saw the whole thing. Crouched behind the 10th green at Sheshan International, McDowell looked over at the powerful American and said, "Ive probably seen 18 of the best drives Ive seen all year in the last two days." Moments later, after Johnson blasted another one down the middle, McDowell saw No. 19. It was an impressive display, Johnson at his very best with the most important club in his bag. He ran off six birdies in his opening seven holes. He never hit more than 8-iron into a par 4. He twice came within 15 yards of driving the green on par 4s -- once with a 3-iron. "I really drove the ball really well," Johnson said. "For me, thats a big key." Johnson became the sixth player with a 63 at Sheshan International, last achieved by Martin Kaymer in the final round in 2011. He was at 12-under 132, five shots clear of Rory McIlroy (72), Bubba Watson (69) and Boo Weekley (67). McIlroy couldnt keep up. No one could. McIlroy, who started the second round of this World Golf Championship with a two-shot lead, made three birdies on the front nine to stretch his lead to four shots. At that point, Johnson was just getting warmed up. And it wasnt long before McIlroy started to cool off. He drove into the same bunker he was in on Thursday and made another bogey, and he didnt give himself any birdie chances over the last six holes. On the par-5 14th, his wedge went just over the green and forced him to hit a delicate chip to save par. On the reachable par-4 16th, he drove into a tiny pot bunker left of the green and took two to get out, again scrambling for par. And on the par-5 18th, McIlroy hit his second shot into the water and made bogey. "I just hit a couple of bad shots, and then I guess I let it affect me a little bit, and then I started to doubt myself sometimes," McIlroy said. "I didnt hit a lot of quality shots on the back nine." At least hes still in the hunt for his first win of the year. And if Johnson loses his stride, there are plenty of players behind him who are poised to make a move. McDowell, Ernie Els, Sergio Garcia, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano and Ian Poulter were among those at 6-under 138. Phil Mickelson, trying to recover from his quadruple bogey-bogey finish to the opening round, had a 68 and was seven shots behind. "Im making a lot of birdies," Mickelson said. "But Ive had too many mistakes. Im going to continue to play aggressively out here, because I have to make birdies to catch the lead. And hopefully, Ill eliminate a few mistakes here or there." The one positive from his finish Thursday? The last time Mickelson made a quadruple bogey was in the first round of the 2009 Tour Championship. He went on to win. Even so, catching Johnson suddenly looks like a monumental task. "It was kind of tough to focus when playing with Dustin Johnson hitting it 350 yards in the middle of the fairways," McDowell said after his 69. "It was a little demoralizing at times. But I was happy that I hung in there. If he keeps playing the way hes played the last two days, hell be tough to catch. "Whats possible for an athlete like him who just rips it, thats not whats possible for the rest of us sometimes," McDowell added. "It was probably one of the best driving displays Ive seen this year, for sure. It was pretty immense. Hes got a short game to match, as well. When hes in the mood and when hes on form, hes pretty prolific." Johnson wasnt in much of a mood when he took double bogey on his fourth hole of the tournament and made the turn in 1-over. Starting with his eagle on the par-5 second hole of his opening round, he has played his last 26 holes in 13-under par. His tee shot was so long on the 10th hole that it was through a cart path that crosses the fairway. His only mistake was forgetting that the green falls off to the right, which he didnt realize until his shot tumbled down a steep slope. That led to his only bogey. About the only thing that really tripped him up was a question from a Chinese reporter asking if he was aware he had so many female fans in China and if he brought his girlfriend with him. Indeed, Paulina Gretzky followed him around the course. "Its my fiancee," Johnson said. Weekley is no stranger to China, having played the World Cup at Mission Hills. He qualified for the HSBC Champions by winning Colonial, and he has played solidly for two days. Johnson did not make the Presidents Cup, so he had a month off before going to Perth for a European Tour event. This is his first PGA Tour event of the 2013-14 season. He won the first event of the 2013 season, at wind-blown Kapalua in the 54-hole Tournament of Champions. "It still hasnt hit me that this is a new season," he said. "Id like to get off to a good start. I just want to play well the next two days." Miikka Kiprusoff Flames Jersey .com) - Demario Richard posted four touchdowns and Kweishi Brown came up with a key late interception as No. Miikka Kiprusoff Flames Jersey Authentic . -- Quarterback Josh Johnson has returned to the San Francisco 49ers and his former college coach, Jim Harbaugh. . The 33-year-old Spaniard, who held the lead since the second round, turned in a solid final round that featured six birdies and two bogeys to finish on 22-under 266. The victory is Garcias first this year with his last win coming at the Johor Open, an Asian Tour event in Malaysia last December.KITZBUEHEL, Austria - On Saturday, Hannes Reichelt will only focus on winning one of the most important races of the World Cup season.A year ago, the Austrian skier was balancing between winning the downhill in Kitzbuehel and suffering a potentially career-ending injury.Reichelt triumphed on the Streif course despite a herniated disk, which became so acute during the race that he needed surgery two days later and ended up missing the Sochi Olympics.Having recovered from his back problems, Reichelt won the downhill in Wengen last Sunday.He can now become the first skier since Switzerlands Didier Defago in 2009 to win both classic races within a week, and the first Austrian since Peter Wirnsberger in 1986 to win Kitzbuehel twice in a row.Over 40,000 fans are expected for Saturdays race, which is the pinnacle of the season for ski-mad Austria.In July people were still congratulating me on the win from January. That doesnt happen with any other victory, the 34-year-old Reichelt said Wednesday, adding hes aware of the expectations from his home crowd.I feel no pressure anymore that I must win Kitzbuehel. I am now in the position that I want to win it, he said. Winning in Wengen has made me a bit more relaxed. I am full of confidence and that makes racing a little easier.Twelve months ago, nothing was easy.Reichelt had been skiing all season with an aching back, and his condition worsened few weeks before the Olympics in February.The pain was almost unbearable on the morning of the downhill in Kitzbuehel, and Reichelt considered pulling out of the race shortly before the start.But only briefly.You dont leave the start gate of the Streif backward, he said. Somehow, I managed to get it out of my mind.Reichelt sped down the demanding 3.3-kilometre course and finished ahead of pre-race favourites Aksel Lund Svindal and Bode Milller to become the first Austrian win on the Streif since Michael Walchhofers triumph in 2006. Sam Bennett Flames Jersey. .In the finish area, however, Reichelt could barely stand straight up.I dont want to talk too much about my back problems, he told reporters. If you win a race, it cant be too bad.However, it was far worse than he thought.Reichelt even competed in a super-G the following day — and placed 68th — but he couldnt neglect the pain any longer.He underwent surgery the day after and had to end his season prematurely.Only months later, doctors told him how dangerous skiing on with his injury really had been.I have been very, very lucky nothing happened, Reichelt said. Due to the herniated disk, I could have easily lost control of my right leg while racing at 130 kph.Reichelt has returned without any pain in his back, and apart from specific mobility exercises and additional physiotherapy, his training schedule is back to normal.I am totally free of pain now, thats nice, he said.A former giant slalom and super-G specialist, Reichelt developed into a top downhill racer in the same year Walchhofer retired — 2011.Reichelt started the race in Kitzbuehel that year with bib 44 but ended the race in 19th.That was the first step to becoming a real downhill racer, he said.Having competed in the discipline since 2005, Reichelt got his first downhill podium at Lake Louise, Alberta in November 2011, and his first win — shared with Dominik Paris — in Bormio, Italy, 13 months later.Since the 2011-12 season, Reichelt has been on the podium 12 times in 30 downhills, including three wins.And hes eager for more, not just in Kitzbuehel but also at next months world championships in Beaver Creek, Colorado.I am not yet thinking about the worlds, Reichelt said. 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