Playing with the tournament's star, Woods, didn't hurt Simpson, a Wake Forest grad.
"I like playing with both of those guys, Tiger and Steve [Stricker]," Simpson said. "And it was great to see a lot of fans out there supporting this tournament. I know what this tournament means to the area. It's just fun to get into that atmosphere and try to make some birdies."
Simpson also dished credit to the Greenbrier staff and area volunteers for the cleanup after last Friday's storm.
"It looked unbelievable," Simpson said of the Old White course. "I mean, the ball was rolling in the fairways. The greens were firm. They did a fantastic job of cleaning the debris. I didn't even see a stick in the fairway. So they did a great job."
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