Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Golf Roundup

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Golf Roundup

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Simpson, Casey share the lead at Sony Open

Webb Simpson made his debut with a conventional putter Thursday at the Sony Open in Honolulu and might have wished he had used one sooner.

One year away from the new rule that outlaws anchored strokes, Simpson ditched his belly putter and ran off eight birdies over his last 10 holes for an 8-under 62 that gave him a share of the lead with Paul Casey.

On a day that made the 144 players feel they were in paradise, Simpson and Casey led a morning of low scoring.

What set them apart is how they got there Simpson with his conventional putter, Casey with his return to Honolulu for the first time in a decade.

"Today was a big day for me," Simpson said. "I was extremely nervous first round on the PGA Tour with a short putter. But I just had a couple (Bible) verses in my yardage book today that I kept reading, and I stayed calm. …

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