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Overshadowed Simpson quietly leading Greenbrier

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WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – It’s not often a major champion can jump out to a tournament lead and still not be the biggest story amongst his playing partners.

That was the case for Webb Simpson on Friday, though.

The reigning U.S. Open champion followed an opening-round 65 with a 4-under 66 to grab a one-stroke lead entering the weekend at The Greenbrier Classic.

Even if his story was overshadowed by playing partner Tiger Woods missing the cut, Simpson put himself in position for his second win of the season and fourth in the past two years.

“I’m confident this year,” he said after a four-birdie, no-bogey performance. “I don’t think a whole lot has changed. I learned a lot about myself in the final round last year [when he finished T-9]. I think I was only one back on the final round. So I’ve got a long ways to go, a bunch of good players right there.”