Las Vegas • Webb Simpson opened a four-stroke lead Friday in the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, taking advantage of perfect scoring conditions at TPC Summerlin.
Making his first start since helping the U.S. win the Presidents Cup, the 2012 U.S. Open champion shot an 8-under 63 to reach 15 under. He had nine birdies and a bogey on the par-5 16th in his opening nine.
The four-stroke lead broke the tournament second-round record of three set by Lon Hinkle in 1984 and matched by Rich Fehr in 1996 both when the event was 90 holes.
J.J. Henry followed his course-record 60 with a 71 to join John Senden, Jeff Overton, Chesson Hadley and Jason Bohn at 11 under.
Bohn had a 64, Senden and Hadley shot 66, and Overton had a 68.
Defending champion Ryan Moore and Russell Knox were 10 under. Moore shot 63, and Knox had a 65.
Amy Yang overcame early jitters while playing in her home country, shooting a 5-under 67 to finish in a four-way tie for the lead after the first round of the KEB HanaBank Championship at Incheon, South Korea.
With friends and family in the gallery, Yang had six birdies, including five straight beginning at the fourth hole.
Bernhard Langer birdied the final hole for a 6-under 64 and a share of the first-round lead with Anders Forsbrand and Dick Mast in the Greater Hickory Classic at Conover, N.C. Langer and Forsbrand each had seven birdies and a bogey, and Mast had six birdies in a bogey-free round.
Webb Simpson -15
John Senden -11
Jeff Overton -11
Chesson Hadley -11
J.J. Henry -11
Jason Bohn -11
Daniel Summerhays -8
Mike Weir +1