SHANGHAI -- Rickie Fowler dropped by PGA of America headquarters in Florida with the Ryder Cup trophy last week as a way to let the employees share in the U.S. celebration. The trophy stayed behind, but Fowler brought memories of Hazeltine all the way to China.While the Ryder Cup was a team victory, Fowlers contributions gave him a shot of confidence going into the HSBC Champions.He was solid from tee to green, attacked the par-5s and holed one last birdie putt Thursday for a 7-under-par 65, leaving him one shot behind Rikard Karlberg of Sweden, who made an auspicious World Golf Championships debut with nine birdies in his round of 64.Fowler had never won a match in three previous Ryder Cups before teaming with Phil Mickelson in a four-ball victory in the opening session at Hazeltine. More special was Sunday, when he overcame Justin Rose in a tight match for a 1-up victory.For me, finding a way to get a win in a singles match was big, Fowler said. Its a team victory, but I felt like I did my part to help the team. Coming out of that with a 2-1 record instead of 1-2 was important to me.He accompanied the gold trophy to Arnold Palmers memorial service, and then after emerging from a two-week break in which he didnt set foot on a golf course, Fowler and Brooks Koepka stopped by the PGA of America with the cup.Fowler hasnt won since the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship in January, and his game hasnt felt right since he lost good chances to win the Phoenix Open the first week in February and the Wells Fargo Championship in early May.He needed time to tighten some loose habits, and this summer of majors and Olympics didnt allow for that. But coming off a big week at the Ryder Cup, I was excited to get back into the swing of things, he said.I got some good work in last week, Fowler added. Its tough to do with how busy the summer was. Its tough to break a little habit.He looked sharp again, and it helped to be in a group that was making plenty of birdies in the rain-softened conditions at Sheshan International. Fowler played alongside defending champion Russell Knox, who played bogey-free for a 66, and Paul Casey, who made an eagle on the par-5 14th hole on his way to a 67.Fowler missed only three fairways and one green. He was at his best on the par-5s, leaving himself a simple up-and-down for birdie on the 14th and having eagle putts on the second and 18th. He missed about a 10-foot eagle putt on No. 18.Its always nice to start with 7 under, doesnt matter where youre at, Fowler said. I knew with the soft conditions they were going to try to tuck some pins. It was going to be very scorable if you drove it in the fairways, and I was able to do that. Played very well tee-to-green and made things a lot easier from there. Stress-free round. Simple round.It felt even easier to Karlberg, who hardly missed a shot until the end of his round. Shortly after Fowler finished his round, Karlberg surged ahead with three birdies in a four-hole stretch on the back nine and had a chance at the course record until his final two holes.He came up short and was nearly in a hazard on the par-3 17th, but his lie was good enough to get up-and-down. On the par-5 closing hole, Karlberg drove into a bunker, caught too much sand coming out, couldnt reach the green from the rough and failed to save par. It was his only blemish of the day, and he had few complaints.Karlberg only twice before has played in a field this strong -- at The Open each of the past two years, where he missed the cut both times. He looked at the HSBC Champions as another tournament and felt as though everything was going his way.It felt amazing, every part of the game, he said. Everything was so easy. It was just one of those days, a walk in the park.The soggy conditions werent nearly as difficult as the greens, which were damaged by excessive heat in the summer and massive rain over the past week. They were particularly bumpy toward the end of the round, but Karlberg stayed aggressive on them.Knox, Daniel Berger and Hideki Matsuyama were at 66, while Casey joined Bill Haas and Francesco Molinari at 67. Nineteen players in the 78-man field broke 70.Rory McIlroy wasnt among them. He made only two birdies in a round of 71, while U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson struggled to keep his driver in play and had only one birdie in his round of 74. Cheap Ray Ban Sunglasses . 10 Texas A&Ms offence dominated as usual against SMU. Wholesale Ray Ban Sunglasses .S District Court against Major League Baseball, the Office of the Commissioner and his own union, the MLBPA. http://www.discountrayban.com/ . 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WASHINGTON -- With John Wall sitting out the second game of a back-to-back on Saturday night, part of an effort to ease the All-Star point guards return from offseason surgery on each knee, the Washington Wizards will be counting on Bradley Beal to lead them.Beal just wants to make sure he doesnt try to do too much in Walls absence.What the Wizards and Beal would love to see is the same sort of go-to-the-basket style he displayed while scoring 20 of his 28 points after halftime Friday night, helping Washington give new coach Scott Brooks his first victory with the team, 95-92 over the Atlanta Hawks.The key Saturday at the Orlando Magic, Beal said, will be for him to not feel like Ive got to take over and do everything.Beal averaged only 14 points during Washingtons 0-3 start, never getting more than 15, and Brooks said before facing Atlanta he considered that his fault for not giving his young shooting guard enough opportunities.Hes going to have a breakout game sooner or later, Brooks said, nearly 2 hours before tipoff. Hopefully its tonight.How prescient.Before an announced crowd of only 14,663 -- nearly 5,000 fewer people than were at Wednesdays home opener against Toronto -- Beal made 13 of 14 free throws.He was attacking, Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said. Hes such a great shooter that you have to take that away. He may have just been more aggressive at getting to the rim.Atlanta cut the deficit to 95-92 and inbounded the ball after a timeout with 11.7 seconds left, but Kyle Korver missed a 3-point try with 3.6 seconds left with Markieff Morris in his face.Wall had 21 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, now just four assists shy of breaking Hall of Fame center Wes Unselds franchise career mark.But that will have to wait until at least Monday, when Washington hhosts the Houston Rockets.ddddddddddddPart of his rehab plan was to be real cognizant of his minutes, Brooks said. He might not play in the first few second games of back-to-back nights, the coach added, explaining: Thats all fluid.Brooks deflected a question about whether rookie Tomas Satoransky would start Saturday in Walls place, but did say, Theres a good chance.Wall said hell spend his day off doing some of the same rehab work he did during the offseason and joked about the game at Orlando: I might be the head coach.Its just something I have to do if I want to play a long career in this league, Wall said. Coach believes in me and my teammates understand what I have to go through. When Im out there, Im going to give 110 percent effort.TIP-INSHawks: Korver finished 1 for 9 from the field, including 1 for 6 on 3s. ... Atlanta has at least 10 steals in every game this season.Wizards: Walls streak of 16 consecutive games with at least 10 assists, dating to last season, ended. It was the longest active such run in the league.SLOW STARTAtlanta missed its first nine shots and shot only 29 percent from the field in the first half -- including just 2 of 15 on 3-point attempts. It trailed 48-35 at halftime. There will be times where the ball feels like soap, Paul Millsap said. There will be times when theres a lid on the basket.WHATS IN RESERVE?Atlantas reserves outscored Washingtons 33-8. The Wizards bench players wound up with the exact same number of points and personal fouls.UP NEXTHawks: Host the Houston Rockets on Saturday.Wizards: Travel to face Orlando on Saturday.---Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich ' ' '