Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Spotless round sees Simpson take lead after day one at Greenbrier

Spotless round sees Simpson take lead after day one at Greenbrier

He didn't have enough sensational shots to join an elite group.

Simpson posted his career-best score after shaking off a two-hour weather delay with six holes left in his round. He came up short in his bid to shoot the eighth sub-60 round on the PGA Tour. He needed birdies on the par-five 17th and the par-three 18th for a 59, but found only pars on both.

"I'm just happy with the way I'm playing", Lahiri said. I've got a lot of confidence going into the weekend, but I've just got to keep the pedal down out here.

Niemann started on the back nine and registered five birdies out of the gate and rang up a couple more on the front nine coming back in, making no bogeys along the way. Teenager Joaquin Niemann of Chile was another stroke back at 7-under 63.

Kelly Kraft shot a 6-under to claim solo possession of fourth place with J.J. Henry, Chad Campbell and Jason Kokrak tied with Bradley at 5 under for fifth.

Simpson made three birdies on the front nine before catching fire on the back. The shot landed on a hillside.

"I hung in there", Simpson said. His approach shot landed 3 feet from the pin and he escaped with par. Birdies on 14 and 16 helped him finish 9-under.

Simpson, whose four-shot victory at The Players Championship in May was his first win in more than four years, has had his share of chances at past editions of this tournament. The 26-year-old Kim has never won on the PGA TOUR.

The 19-year-old Niemann had his lowest score in nine PGA Tour starts this season. "My game was feeling really good and my putter was good". Overall, it was a good day in terms of ball striking.

Phil Mickelson and Kevin Chappell were among a large group at four under. He later apologized, saying his anger and frustration got the best of him.

Bubba Watson, already with three wins this season, is lurking at 11 under. Kim shot 68 and Varner shot 64.

"I definitely knew that the course was gettable", she said. Simpson made three straight birdies at Nos.

ONEIDA, Wis. - Katherine Kirk shot a 10-under 62 to take the first-round lead at the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. "And especially on the back nine, there were two or three greens that were just - they were borderline rolling too fast".

"I've kind of changed my attitude a little bit starting with last week", Kraft said.

Kirk wasted no time in picking up from where she left off past year. Four of his nine birdies were putts of 18 feet or longer.

He teed off on 10 and birdied six of his first 10 holes, capping his round with a birdie at the ninth. "Thankfully, it worked out".

"I couldn't care less what happened earlier in the year".

Sei Young Kim was a stroke behind, and Megan Khang and Brittany Marchand were tied for third at 64.

"I've had a good last couple days here after a week off, so I was confident", Simpson said. She finished with a bogey and was one of seven players at 7 under.

"It was not the start I was looking for", he said.

The leader at this year's Greenbrier Classic has almost matched Xander Schauffele's four-round score when he won the tournament at 14 under par in 2017.

Kirk's round put her in contention for her first top-10 finish since February. I've been striking the ball really good in the last four months.

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