Webb Simpson Leads by one after First Round at The Greenbrier

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There were a handful of names that jumped off the page when we took a look at the field.  Webb Simpson was one of them, but having him shoot a 61 on day one was not. After a weather delayed day of action, Simpson leads by one stroke over Whee Kim.

Simpson was 9-under with two holes to play so the watch was on for a 59.  He would par out and finish with a round of 61. One very ominous stat for first round leaders in this tournament, none of them have won.

Whee Kim would put a run together of six birdies, and 10 total for the round. Kim is trying to make a run at his first PGA TOUR win during a season he has posted three top 10’s.

Joaquin Niemann is another player that took advantage of the golf course as he would finish his first round at 7-under. Niemann joined the PGA TOUR on a special exemption and is taking full advantage of that exemption.

The front nine played more difficult  today and as the scores were pouring in early today, that was more than apparent. Once the leaders would get to the back nine, their rounds improved.

Defending champion Xander Schauffele is tied at 4-under, five strokes out of the lead.  A four-under round is never anything to be disappointed with, but when the leader shoots a 61, it shows just how many opportunities may have been  left on the course by those trailing.

Others notables chasing the leaders this week include.

  • Kelly Kraft -6 (tied for 5th last year at 11-under)
  • Keegan Bradley-5
  • JJ Henry -5
  • Jason Kokrak -5
  • Chad Campbell -5
  • Steve Wheatcroft -4
  • Tom Hoge -4
  • Austin Cook -4
  • Xander Schauffele -4
  • Ryan Moore -4
  • Phil Mickelson-4
  • David Lingmerth -4
  • Brandt Snedeker -4

There are 14 total players tied at 4-under par and a total of 107 players at even or under par.

At one point Bubba Watson was at 4-under par and working to go lower, but that run would fizzle out into a disappointing 2-under round.

In other news, Bubba did come dressed in his hunting attire.  Check out the Hunters Orange polo.

Even with the near two hour delay, all players finished their rounds.




Author: Jhavelka