Lahiri, a five-time Asian Tour winner, is now seven shots behind the opening round leader Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland.

"Today's just one of those days where things don't quite work out. But I don't have to reinvent the wheel as I'm playing well and I just got to keep that going," said Lahiri at the Sheshan International Golf Club.

"I didn't get the breaks I wanted and it was just those one or two shots that caused me big in the end. I personally feel I played well enough to be in the red and should have got an under-par score today," added the 27-year-old Indian.

Ranked 73rd in the world, Lahiri stumbled with a bogey in his opening hole. He recovered quickly with a birdie on the second but was pegged back again by another two bogeys on holes four and five.

Birdies on seven and 12 then brought Lahiri to even-par before his double-bogey seven on 18 saw him slip to a share of 42nd place that also included marquee names such as Asian Tour honorary member and Major winner, Ernie Els of South Africa and Spain's Sergio Garcia.

"It was tough starting out the day in the morning as it was really windy but I think I played really well by fighting back. I should have made a few more birdies on my back-nine and I'm really feeling gutted to have finished poorly with a double bogey," said Lahiri.

McDowell produced a flawless outward-nine by firing five birdies before mixing two birdies against two bogeys on his homerun to establish a two-shot lead over six players that include American Rickie Fowler and Germany's Martin Kaymer.

Meanwhile, Thailand's Thongchai Jaidee ensured an Asian presence among the early leaders when he posted a one-under-par 71 after the opening round.

The Thai, who is one of the highest ranked Asian players at the Chinese showpiece this week, trails McDowell by four shots after the former US Open champion opened his account with a 67.

The Thai maestro has already enjoyed one win and seven top-10s this season and is looking forward to another memorable outing at the WGC-HSBC Champions, which brings together 40 of the top 50 players in the world.

Kaymer, who won the WGC-HSBC Champions in 2011, spoke about the challenging conditions but said he was banking on his 'feel-good' memories for another grandstand finish.

The WGC-HSBC Champions is one of four World Golf Championships sanctioned and organised by the operational committee of the International Federation of PGA Tours, which includes the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia and Sunshine Tour.

The other World Golf Championships include the WGC- Match Play, WGC-Cadillac Championship and the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

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