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Webb Simpson joined Ryan Moore and Stewart Cink at the top of the leaderboard after the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship.
Last Updated: 04/05/12 8:24am
Webb Simpson joined Ryan Moore and Stewart Cink at the top of the leaderboard on seven-under-par after the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship in Charlotte.
North Carolina native Simpson - who lives within spitting distance of the Quail Hollow venue and is a member of the club - shot a 65 to join his fellow Americans at the head of the field.
The highlight of Simpson's round, played in the company of Tiger Woods, was an eagle at the par-four eighth while he also posted six birdies against just a single bogey.
"I was nervous playing with Tiger. I prayed a lot out there," Simpson told the PGA Tour website. "Once I made a couple birdies, I kind of enjoyed it."
With four bogeys and three birdies, Woods could manage only a one-under 71.
Too many mistakes
"I made too many mistakes on the front nine," said the 14-time major winner who was out in one-over 37.
"I didn't get up and down a couple times and made a couple of bad shots on the wrong side of the hole. Even on 10, you can't miss it right, and I missed it right."
Co-leader Cink was flawless with seven birdies and no bogeys in his round of 65, while fellow pacesetter Moore managed nine birdies against two bogeys.
A shot behind in a group of five players on six-under were Rickie Fowler and England's Brian Davis.
Rory McIlroy, a winner at Quail Hollow two years ago, fired a 70 in a round which featured some indifferent driving and a three-putt bogey from birdie range at the last.
Lee Westwood's round was spoiled by a double bogey at the 16th and a single at 18 which left him one under alongside Woods and Phil Mickelson, who made a triple bogey at the fourth, his 13th, after driving out of bounds.
"I'm not overly concerned because I feel like there's a hot round out there," said Mickelson.
"I'll come out here tomorrow afternoon and see if I can shoot something mid 60s and get right in it for the weekend."
Defending champion Lucas Glover finished at level par, as did Scotland's Martin Laird.