There's a three-way tie atop the leaderboard after the first round of the Wells Fargo Championship. Americans Stewart Cink, Ryan Moore, and Webb Simpson shot opening rounds of 65 and share the lead at 7-under. Simpson, playing alongside Tiger Woods, was on fire with the putter early, draining several putts from thirty-plus feet and going out in 31 on Quail Hollow's front nine. Cink, who's struggled on Tour the past two seasons, also went out in 31 and made the turn with three straight birdies on Nos. 7 through 9. Cink finished his bogey-free round with seven birdies, while co-leader Ryan Moore birdied half the holes he played. The young superstar out of Nevada has yet reach his full potential on Tour but a win in Charlotte could propel him to a dominant summer.
Quail Hollow always produces one of the best fields of the season, and the big names are there again this week. Tiger Woods, however, struggled to get out of the gate on Thursday and finished six shots off the lead at 1-under. Woods had an ugly front nine, bogeying three holes before getting it back on the second nine to finish under par. The other top name in golf, Rory McIlroy, finished his round one better than Woods with a 2-under 70. McIlroy missed the cut at the Wells Fargo last year, just one season after capturing his first Tour win at Quail Hollow. With the course yielding lower than usual rounds, both he and Woods are still well within striking distance.
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