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  • Simpson takes Day 1 lead at Bridgestone

  • AKRON, Ohio — Webb Simpson shot a 6-under 64 in his first competitive round at Firestone Country Club to take a one-stroke lead in the Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday.
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  • AKRON, Ohio — Webb Simpson shot a 6-under 64 in his first competitive round at Firestone Country Club to take a one-stroke lead in the Bridgestone Invitational on Thursday.
    The 2012 U.S. Open champion had six birdies in an eight-hole span to get the upper hand on seven-time Bridgestone winner Tiger Woods. Woods, with top-10 finishes in 11 of his 13 starts on the course, shot a 66 in the World Golf Championships event.
    Henrik Stenson was alone in second with a 65. Defending champion Keegan Bradley, Ryan Moore and Chris Wood, another first-time entrant, matched Woods at 66.
    Phil Mickelson had a 72 in his return from winning the British Open two weeks ago at Muirfield.
    Mylan Classic
    At Canonsburg, Pa., a triple bogey on Jason Allred's sixth hole left him with an uphill climb after the first round of the Web.com event at Southpointe Golf Club.
    Allred, who qualified for the tournament with top-25 showing when he tied for sixth last week, shot a 5-over-par 76 and is tied for 126th place.
    The Ashland native started on the 10th tee and made a 7 on the par-4 15th hole to drop to 5 over. He played the final dozen holes in even par, with two birdies and two bogeys along the way.
    Leader Zack Sucher had a 65 and for a one-shot edge over hometown favorite Steve Wheatcroft, Guy Boros, Billy Hurley, Chad Collins, Ben Martin and Whee Kim.
    Women's British Open
    At St. Andrews, Scotland, wearing a black rain suit and a soft smile, Inbee Park looked calm as ever standing before the imposing Royal & Ancient clubhouse before she teed off in the Women's British Open.
    Only after her unsteady round of 3-under 69 did Park reveal perhaps the biggest surprise at St. Andrews.
    She was nervous.
    Park wound up three shots behind Morgan Pressel and Camilla Lennarth of Sweden, a solid start to what should be a fascinating week at the home of golf.
    Reno-Tahoe Open
    At Reno, Nev., Josh Teater took the first-round lead in the Reno-Tahoe Open, scoring five points with an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole and finishing with 15 in the modified Stableford event.
    Winless on the PGA Tour, Teater also had six birdies and two bogeys at Montreux Golf & Country Club. Players receive eight points for double eagle, five for eagle, two for birdie, zero for par, minus-one for bogey and minus-three for double bogey or worse.
    Gary Woodland and James Driscoll were a point back, Greg Chalmers followed at 13, and Stuart Appleby and Colt Knost had 12. Defending champion J.J. Henry had three points.
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