WGC - Workday Championship R1

Fitzpatrick & Simpson take opening lead in Florida

February 25-28
The Concession Golf Club, Bradenton, Florida
$10,500,000
Round 2, Round 3, Round 4




Matthew Fitzpatrick shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 to take the lead in the opening round of the WGC-Workday Championship at the Concession.


Webb Simpson joined Fitzpatrick in the lead after a run of birdies on his last three holes.

“Very pleased with the start,” said Simpson. “I worked on a couple things last week with putting alignment and with my driver and I saw good things from that today. You always want to see it first round back, but it doesn’t always happen that way, so I was happy to see like tough tee shots with trouble, really stepping up and making good swings.

“And made a lot of putts today, so that was a good feeling.”



Behind them at 5-under are Brooks Koepka, Billy Horschel, Sergio Garcia and Kevin Kisner, the latter playing his first event since the Sony Open following the birth of his third child.

The course is hosting a PGA Tour event for the first time as the WGC was moved to Florida from Mexico City because of the pandemic.


Koepka, who only arrived in Florida on Wednesday and could only play a nine-hole pro-am round, was playing the back nine for the first time but hit 13 greens and ranked 18th in strokes gained: tee to green.

“I mean, Ricky [his caddy Ricky Elliott] walked it. I get a yardage book. It’s not too difficult. I don’t think anything of it,” said Koepka. “It is what it is. You’ve got to look up on the tee, you know on 10 water’s right, there’s bunkers on the left, so put it in the fairway.”

He was pleased with his game and his new clubs.

“I love these new irons. The flight on them, it’s a little higher, and I’m just striking the ball so well, so I expect to be there on Sunday.”



Tony Finau, who lost the playoff to Max Homa at Riviera last week, was one shot back in seventh place alongside five other playing includind defending champion Patrick Reed.

Rory McIlroy shot three bogeys and six birdies for a 69 and lies in thirteenth place with five others.

“I think with any new course it’s just a matter of getting comfortable with visuals and lines off tees, and then I think we’re all sort of learning the golf course a little bit as we go along,” said McIlroy. “Most Tour events we go to, we basically know where the four pin positions are going to be and we can practice to those.

“I think tee-to-green it’s pretty simple,” he said. “But then around the greens, I think it’s one of these places, the more you play it, the more you’ll just feel comfortable with it.”



World Number 1 Dustin Johnson had a hard time on Thursday and shot two birdies, three bogeys and two double-bogeys at the par-4 5th and 18th. He lies T64 at 5-over par.

Bryson DeChambeau was likewise in trouble, after starting his round with a bogey he produced four birdies, five more bogeys and a double-bogey at the 16th after finding the water with his tee shot.

Patrick Cantlay, current FedEx Cup leader and World No.7, had to withdraw before starting his round because of an upset stomach and dehydration.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
T1
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-6
66
T1
Webb Simpson
-6
66
T3
Sergio Garcia
-5
67
T3
Billy Horschel
-5
67
T3
Kevin Kisner
-5
67
T3
Brooks Koepka
-5
67
T7
Tony Finau
-4
68
T7
Sungjae Im
-4
68
T7
Wade Ormsby
-4
68
T7
Jon Rahm
-4
68
T7
Patrick Reed
-4
68
T7
Cameron Smith
-4
68
T13
Rory McIlroy
-3
69
T13
Sebastián Muñoz
-3
69
T13
Joaquin Niemann
-3
69
T13
Louis Oosthuizen
-3
69
T13
Victor Perez
-3
69
T13
Scottie Scheffler
-3
69
T19
Thomas Detry
-2
70
T19
Lanto Griffin
-2
70
T19
Tyrrell Hatton
-2
70
T19
Jason Kokrak
-2
70
T19
David Lipsky
-2
70
T19
Collin Morikawa
-2
70
T25
Abraham Ancer
-1
71
T25
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
-1
71
T25
Jason Day
-1
71
T25
Viktor Hovland
-1
71
T25
Chan Kim
-1
71
T25
Ryan Palmer
-1
71
T25
Xander Schauffele
-1
71
T25
Brandon Stone
-1
71
T25
Gary Woodland
-1
71
T25
Erik van Rooyen
-1
71
T35
Laurie Canter
E
72
T35
Cameron Champ
E
72
T35
Marc Leishman
E
72
T35
Shane Lowry
E
72
T35
Hideki Matsuyama
E
72
T35
Aaron Rai
E
72
T35
Adam Scott
E
72
T35
Sami Valimaki
E
72
T35
Will Zalatoris
E
72
T44
Daniel Berger
1
73
T44
Max Homa
1
73
T44
Mackenzie Hughes
1
73
T44
Yuki Inamori
1
73
T44
Matt Kuchar
1
73
T44
Kevin Na
1
73
T44
Carlos Ortiz
1
73
T44
Justin Rose
1
73
T44
Justin Thomas
1
73
T53
Rafa Cabrera Bello
2
74
T53
Rasmus Højgaard
2
74
T53
Min Woo Lee
2
74
T53
Robert MacIntyre
2
74
T53
Trevor Simsby
2
74
T53
Brendon Todd
2
74
T53
Lee Westwood
2
74
T60
Tommy Fleetwood
3
75
T60
Jason Scrivener
3
75
T62
Bernd Wiesberger
4
76
T62
Daniel van Tonder
4
76
T64
Bryson DeChambeau
5
77
T64
Lucas Herbert
5
77
T64
Dustin Johnson
5
77
T64
Bubba Watson
5
77
T68
Harris English
6
78
T68
JC Ritchie
6
78
T68
Andy Sullivan
6
78
71
Brad Kennedy
9
81
WD
Matthew Wolff
E