WGC-Bridgestone Invitational 2013 scores: Webb Simpson holds 2-shot lead over Tiger Woods

Gregory Shamus

Last year's U.S. Open champ took advantage of some good morning conditions to shoot 64 and set the early pace for a loaded leaderboard at Firestone.

Webb Simpson, who has not won since his breakthrough victory at last year's U.S. Open, holds a one-shot lead after the opening round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. Simpson had it all working on Thursday morning on a soft Firestone South Course. It's the first time Simpson has ever played in this event, but he was sticking his approach shots and rolling that anchored putter. It looked like he would finish the morning session with a multi-shot lead, but a bogey at his last hole dropped him to 6-under for the day.

Henrik Stenson, the runner-up at last month's British Open, is just one back of Simpson. It was clear that the morning tee times had the advantage, as Firestone's greens were damp and receptive and several players were promptly in red figures. Stenson was 3-under after just two holes. It's been a long road back for Stenson, who completely fell off the grid after rising inside the top five in the world rankings following his 2009 Players Championship. This has been his best season since then, and he's now a good bet to be there on Sunday at all the Tour's biggest events, including next week at Oak Hill.

Despite those favorable AM conditions, just 18 of 73 players are under par. Given that it's a WGC event with 48 of the top 50 in attendance, the leaderboard is loaded with familiar names. Tiger Woods and 2012 WGC-Bridgestone winner Keegan Bradley are two shots off, while names like Fowler, Furyk, Bubba, Dufner and Donald are all three shots back at 3-under. Here's the complete leaderboard at the end of the first round:

Place Player Score
1 Webb Simpson -6
2 Henrik Stenson -5
T3 Ryan Moore -4
T3 Chris Wood -4
T3 Tiger Woods -4
T3 Keegan Bradley -4
T7 Jason Dufner -3
T7 Bubba Watson -3
T7 Rickie Fowler -3
T7 Bill Haas -3
T7 Jim Furyk -3
T7 Luke Donald -3
13 Scott Piercy -2
T14 Kiradech Aphibarnrat -1
T14 Ian Poulter -1
T14 Paul Lawrie -1
T14 Zach Johnson -1
T14 Justin Rose -1
T19 Harris English E
T19 Gonzalo Fdez-Castano E
T19 Jonas Blixt E
T19 Ken Duke E
T19 Peter Hanson E
T19 Richard Sterne E
T19 Satoshi Kodaira E
T19 Francesco Molinari E
T19 Jamie Donaldson E
T19 Rory McIlroy E
T19 Paul Casey E
T19 Branden Grace E
T31 Matteo Manassero 1
T31 Nick Watney 1
T31 Bo Van Pelt 1
T31 Graeme McDowell 1
T31 Lee Westwood 1
T31 Miguel A. Jimenez 1
T31 Steve Stricker 1
T31 Sergio Garcia 1
T31 Ernie Els 1
T31 David Lynn 1
T41 Brian Gay 2
T41 Michael Thompson 2
T41 Shane Lowry 2
T41 Hideki Matsuyama 2
T41 Dustin Johnson 2
T41 Nicolas Colsaerts 2
T41 Russell Henley 2
T41 John Merrick 2
T41 Angel Cabrera 2
T41 Brandt Snedeker 2
T41 Phil Mickelson 2
T41 Carl Pettersson 2
T41 Matt Kuchar 2
T54 Jaco Van Zyl 3
T54 Boo Weekley 3
T54 Adam Scott 3
T54 Mikko Ilonen 3
T54 Derek Ernst 3
T54 Richie Ramsay 3
T54 Sang-Moon Bae 3
T54 Thorbjorn Olesen 3
T54 D.A. Points 3
T63 Stephen Gallacher 4
T63 Tommy Gainey 4
T63 Billy Horschel 4
T63 Martin Kaymer 4
T63 Charl Schwartzel 4
T63 Jason Day 4
69 Toru Taniguchi 5
T70 Kevin Streelman 6
T70 Brett Rumford 6
72 Martin Laird 7
73 Daniel Popovic 9

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