Bubba Watson fires 66 to take lead at Shenzhen International

Bubba Watson holds the lead after a rain-interrupted first round at the Shenzhen International. STR/AFP/Getty Images

SHENZHEN, China -- Bubba Watson fired a 6-under 66 in the first round to take a 1-stroke lead at the weather-delayed Shenzhen International on Thursday.

The South African duo of Dean Burmester and Haydn Porteous are tied for second with Gregory Bourdy of France, German Maximilian Kieffer and Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee.

Starting on the 10th hole, Watson bogeyed the 12th but bounced back with birdies on 13, 14 and 16 to turn in 34.

A birdie at the first hole was then followed by an approach shot to 8 feet on the par-5 second, setting up an eagle that sent Watson to the top of the leaderboard.

"I just made putts today," Watson said. "Most of my swings and most of my shots were really good today and there were no bad swings in there, so it just made the score better."

South Africa's Dylan Frittelli finished his round and was tied for seventh at 4-under 68, along with Dane Thorbjorn Olesen, Eduardo de la Riva of Spain and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger who all have holes to complete when play resumes Friday.