WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – With intermittent rain leading to soft conditions, most of the field went low in the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic. Here’s how things look after 18 holes on the Old White TPC, where Scott Langley leads by one:
What it means: Langley was one of the first to hit the course in the morning, and he set the pace with an opening 62. Conditions were ideal for making birdies and the scores reflected it, with 25 players opening with 66 or better, including Tiger Woods.
Round of the day: Langley built some momentum with a T-25 finish last week at the Travelers Championship. Thursday, he racked up eight birdies while hitting 17 of 18 greens in regulation. He had four birdies on each side to move one step closer to his maiden PGA Tour win.
Best of the rest: Playing alongside Langley, Byrd carded seven birdies of his own to sit one shot off the pace. The veteran is playing this week on a sponsor invite and had four birdies in a six-hole stretch from Nos. 10-15 as he looks for his first victory since the 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions.
Biggest disappointment: Webb Simpson has been a perennial contender at The Greenbrier, but he faces a potential missed cut after an opening-round 71. Simpson made the turn in 2 under but didn’t make a single birdie on his second nine, dropping two shots on No. 2 and another on No. 8.
Main storyline heading into Friday: With a crowded leaderboard expected throughout the week, the player to watch is still Woods, whose opening 4-under 66 was his best score in over a year. Should he maintain the momentum created with a trio of closing birdies, he could change the landscape of this event heading into the weekend.
Shot of the day: Fans got paid on No. 18 thanks to a pair of aces, first from George McNeill and then from Justin Thomas. Both players hit pitching wedge from 137 yards, with McNeill’s shot paying $100 per fan in attendance and Thomas’ netting $500 per person.
Quote of the day: “I’m not going to lose this round. I’m playing too well to let it go awry.” – Woods, who rebounded from a double bogey on No. 6 to birdie each of his final three holes.