Local boy Simpson shines
North Carolina's Webb Simpson led a group of three players on seven under par at the end of the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship.
Simpson, who lives within spitting distance of the Quail Hollow venue in Charlotte, shot a 65 to sit alongside fellow Americans Stewart Cink and Ryan Moore.
Simpson's round, played in the company of Tiger Woods, was highlighted by an eagle at the par-four eighth and also contained six birdies as well as a single bogey.
"I was nervous playing with Tiger. I prayed a lot out there," Simpson said on www.pgatour.com. "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.
Cink was flawless with seven birdies in his round of 65, while 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, was two under, while 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.
Defending champion Lucas Glover was level par, as was Scotland's Martin Laird.
Collated first round scores, Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America
(USA unless stated, par 72):
65 Stewart Cink, Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson
66 Brian Davis (Eng), D.A. Points, John Senden (Aus), Rickie Fowler, Patrick Reed
67 Brendon De Jonge, Billy Mayfair, Brian Harman
68 Nick Watney, Seung-yul Noh (Kor), Jeff Overton, Martin Flores, Jonas Blixt (Swe), Alexandre Rocha (Bra), Vijay Singh (Fij), Kevin Stadler, Arjun Atwal (Ind), Roberto Castro, Hunter Haas, Rocco Mediate, Tommy Gainey
69 Robert Garrigus, Chris Di Marco, Danny Lee (Nzl), Ben Curtis, Heath Slocum, Aaron Baddeley (Aus), Sang-moon Bae (Kor), Dicky Pride, Ryuji Imada (Jpn), Jimmy Walker, Carl Pettersson (Swe), Jonathan Byrd, Cameron Tringale, Josh Teater
70 Garth Mulroy (Rsa), David Hearn (Can), Ben Crane, Rory McIlroy (NIrl), Rory Sabbatini (Rsa), Zach Johnson, Kyle Stanley, John Merrick, Harris English, Jason Day (Aus), Keegan Bradley, George McNeill, Jeff Maggert, Robert Allenby (Aus), Kyle Reifers, Andres Romero (Arg), Richard H. Lee
71 Tiger Woods, Bill Lunde, Kyle Thompson, Greg Owen (Eng), Geoff Ogilvy (Aus), James Driscoll, Steve Wheatcroft, Charles Howell III, Chez Reavie, Robert Karlsson (Swe), Mike Weir (Can), Daniel Summerhays, Lee Westwood (Eng), Joe Ogilvie, Angel Cabrera (Arg), Will Claxton, Phil Mickelson, Brendan Steele, Sung-hoon Kang (Kor), J.B. Holmes, Michael Thompson, Jim Furyk, Camilo Villegas (Col), Johnson Wagner
72 Spencer Levin, Patrick Sheehan, Retief Goosen (Rsa), Lucas Glover, Gavin Coles (Aus), Kevin Chappell, Chad Campbell, Sean O'Hair, Cameron Beckman, Martin Laird (Sco), Brandt Jobe, Ken Duke, Kevin Kisner, Jhonattan Vegas (Ven), Stuart Appleby (Aus)
73 Colt Knost, Gary Christian (Eng), Chris Couch, Hank Kuehne, Nathan Green (Aus), Bill Haas, Pat Perez, Chris Stroud, Bobby Gates, Nick Flanagan (Aus), Mark Anderson, J.J Killeen, Kevin Na, Hunter Mahan, J J Henry, Tom Gillis, Tim Clark (Rsa)
74 Jason Kokrak, David Toms, William McGirt, Blake Adams, Charlie Wi (Kor), Anthony Kim, Ted Potter, Jr., Trevor Immelman (Rsa), Stephen Gangluff, Miguel Angel Carballo (Arg), Troy Kelly, Troy Matteson, Stephen Ames (Can), Henrik Stenson (Swe)
75 Chris Kirk, Scott Brown, Kris Blanks, Erik Compton, Vaughn Taylor, Steve Flesch, Jamie Lovemark, Mathew Goggin (Aus), Marc Leishman (Aus), David Mathis
76 Rick Lewallen, David Duval, Tom Pernice Jnr., Derek Lamely, John Huh (Kor), Frank Adams, Tommy Biershenk, Jason Bohn
77 Billy Hurley III, Marco Dawson, Scott Stallings, Nick O'Hern (Aus), Matt Bettencourt, Russell Knox (Sco), Mark Wilson
78 Bo Van Pelt, Edward Loar, Charlie Beljan
79 Brendon Todd
80 Bryan Bigley
WD: D.J. Trahan