Quail Hollow is typically one of the tougher non-major tracks on the PGA Tour, but opening-round scores at the Wells Fargo Championship were surprisingly low Thursday. Here's how things look in Charlotte, where Robert Streb holds a one-shot lead:
What it means: Streb got out to an early lead, though he was caught by Reed before a late bogey. Simpson, a Quail Hollow member, was one of many players to get off to a strong start as ideal scoring conditions led to low scores.
Round of the day: A winner earlier this season at the McGladrey Classic, Streb began on the back nine and birdied four of his first eight holes. Streb made it around Quail Hollow without dropping a shot, recording his lowest score since the Sony Open in January.
Best of the rest: Reed opened with a bogey before running off five birdies in a seven-hole stretch across Nos. 2-8. He added three more birdies on the inward half to draw even with Streb before a bogey on No. 17 dropped him one shot off the pace as he eyes his second win of the season.
Biggest disappointment: Louis Oosthuizen has been playing well of late, but he appears headed for an early exit after an opening-round 76. The South African carded three birdies but also had five bogeys and a double bogey on the par-5 seventh. At 4 over, he trails Streb by 11 shots.
Main storyline heading into Friday: Reed and Simpson are two big names to watch, as is world No. 1 Rory McIlroy. The Ulsterman was on the fringe of contention before a double bogey on No. 17, but even after a 2-under 70 he remains in the mix. Phil Mickelson, a perennial contender at Quail Hollow, opened with a 71.
Quote of the day: "Sometimes a few go in, and it changes." - Streb on his recent putting woes.