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Webb Simpson: Share of the lead alongside Ryan Moore and Stewart Cink

Webb Simpson: Share of the lead alongside Ryan Moore and Stewart Cink

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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.

First round leaderboard

(US unless stated)
-7 S Cink
-7 R Moore
-7 W Simpson
-6 B Davis (Eng)
-6 R Fowler
-6 DA Points
-6 J Senden (Aus)
-6 P Reed

"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.

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