Webb Simpson fired a 7-under 65 in Round 1 of the RSM Classic to take a one-shot lead at the final PGA Tour stop of the calendar year.
Simpson entered as the betting favorite to win this week in Georgia and lived up to expectations on Thursday. The 34-year-old played his final 13 holes of Sea Island Resort's Plantation Course at 8-under, which included birdies on his last three.
Here's how the top of the leaderboard looks after Round 1:
|Place||Player (Course)||To Par||R1 Score|
|1||Webb Simpson (PL)||-7||65|
|T2||Cameron Tringale (SS)||-6||64|
|T2||Kyoung-Hoon Lee (SS)||-6||64|
|T2||Rhein Gibson (PL)||-6||66|
|T5||Scott Harrington (SS)||-5||65|
|T5||Tyler Duncan (PL)||-5||67|
|T5||Brian Harman (PL)||-5||67|
|T5||Alex Cejka (PL)||-5||67|
|T5||Rory Sabbatini (PL)||-5||67|
|T5||Scott Brown (SS)||-5||65|
|T5||Sebastian Munoz (PL)||-5||67|
|T5||Nick Taylor (PL)||-5||67|
|T5||Hank Lebioda (PL)||-5||67|
(PL - Plantation Course, SS - Seaside Course)
Brendon Todd began his quest to win three straight PGA Tour events with a 4-under 66. He won the Mayakoba Classic and the Bermuda Championship in his last two starts.
The Plantation Course played nearly a full stroke easier than the Seaside Course in Round 1. Golfers will switch for Friday's round before heading to the Seaside Course for the weekend.