Day One of the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational has been kind to Webb Simpson. He finished Thursday at 6 under par, putting him on top of the leaderboard heading into the second round
The 2012 U.S. Open winner, Simpson missed last year's WGC event in Akron. He withdrew from play for a month last year after the U.S. Open win to spend time at home with his wife Dowd following the birth of their second child.
Simpson talked about his opening round, saying it was his first time on the South Course in his career.
"It was fun to go out there and shoot a low number on a tough golf course because it's still playing tough out there with wind, and it was playing long and we wern't getting a lot of roll in the fairways," Simpson said. "All in all, a great day."
He said there's still room for improvement after he bogeyed the last hole before he finished with a 64 heading into Round 2 Friday.
Simpson said he was anxious to get out and compete against the world's best after just missing out on the tournament in 2011 and 2012. "In 2011 I was 51st in the world and I didn't get in, and last year our daughter Willow was born," he said. "It was a nice entry round for me into this golf tournament."
He says his goal for the rest of the tournament is continue to work hard and stay patient out on the course. "This is a tournament you want to be in more than any others with the majors and the FedExCup events," Simpson stated. "It was finally nice to finally get in and know I was going to finally play a tournament at Firestone."
Henrik Stenson of Sweden finished Thursday at 5 under par in second place at the end of Day One.
Fan favorite Tiger Woods finished at 4 under par heading into Friday. The seven-time Bridgestone Invitational winner attributed his solid play to improved putting and his comfort level with the South Course.
"I thought I putted well, I had a good speed to it," he said. "I did some good work last night (during Wednesday's practice round), had a really good handle on the feel." Woods says that even with that comfort level here at Firestone and those seven victories, execution is still the key.
One of the highlights from Day One included American Bubba Watson hitting a putt from 70 feet on Hole 3 earlier today, as well as defending champion Keegan Bradley having a bogey free first round.
Tommorow for Round 2 starts at 8:40 a.m. with gates opening at 7:30. Just a reminder folding chairs and umbrellas are allowed at the South Course, but leave the bag in the car.
Tiger Woods starts off from tee 1 at 1:10 p.m., while defending WGC-Bridgestone Invitational Champion Keegan Bradley tees off at 10:10 a.m. Webb Simpson wil also be teeing off at 1:10, as he pairs with Lee Westwood of England.