How it Happened: Fisher, Stroud lead Wyndham

Sergio Garcia during the first round of the 2013 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

Sergio Garcia during the first round of the 2013 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C.

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There is plenty of star power at this week's Wyndham Championship, from defending champion Sergio Garcia to two-time 2013 winner Brandt Snedeker to 2012 U.S. Open champ Webb Simpson.

Chris Stroud posted an early 64 to take the lead in the morning, while Ross Fisher caught him in the afternoon. But eight golfers are just a shot back – including Garcia and young upstarts Patrick Reed and Jordan Spieth.

Complete second-round tee times, groupings.

Recap the first-round action right here – keep in mind, it's also the final shot for anyone outside of the top 125 in the FedEx Cup standings to earn their way into the Barclays – and scroll down for our preview coverage!

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Update No. 52: 6:49 p.m. EDT

Co-leader Ross Fisher pars No. 8 to remain 6 under as he heads to his final hole of the day. Fisher has won $298,992 on Tour this year and 175,560 euros on the European Tour, where his best finish was eighth at the Nordea Masters.

Charles Howell III finishes with par for a 66 and is 4 under, heading to the clubhouse T-11 alongside five others – including Henrik Norlander, who birdies Nos. 15-16 and follows with a par before heading to the day's last hole.

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Update No. 51: 6:43 p.m. EDT

Patrick Reed closes with a birdie to move to 5 under and sign for a 65, T-3 alongside seven others a shot back of co-leaders Ross Fisher and Chris Stroud.

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Update No. 50: 6:28 p.m. EDT

Ross Fisher birdies No. 7 to claim a share of the lead at 6 under alongside Chris Stroud. Fisher, of England, seems to like North Carolina just fine – he finished T-10 at the Wells Fargo Championship in May.

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Update No. 49: 6:17 p.m. EDT

Morgan Hoffmann, who birdied five out of eight holes during the middle of his round, finishes with four pars for a 65 and heads to the clubhouse as one of eight golfers T-2 at 5 under. Ross Fisher gets to that mark thanks to an eagle at No. 5; he follows with a par and has three holes to play.

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Update No. 48: 6:11 p.m. EDT

Back-to-back birdies at Nos. 14-15 get Patrick Reed to 4 under, and he follows with a par. The Augusta State product finished fifth at the FedEx St. Jude Classic in June. Charles Howell III also moves to 4 under with an eagle at No. 15 followed by a par.

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Update No. 47: 6:06 p.m. EDT

Let's check in again on the five golfers among the top 25 in the Official World Golf Ranking who are playing this week – here's how their opening rounds went:

  • No. 7 Brandt Snedeker: T-49, 1 under
  • No. 16 Ernie Els: T-90, 1 over
  • No. 19 Sergio Garcia: T-2, 5 under
  • No. 24 Bill Haas: T-49, 1 under
  • No. 25 Zach Johnson: T-17, 3 under

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Update No. 46: 5:58 p.m. EDT

Morgan Hoffmann has carded three pars in a row heading to his last tee shot of the day, T-2 at 5 under and a shot out of the lead. Hoffmann, an Oklahoma State product, finished T-5 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship in May.

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Update No. 45: 5:51 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia finishes the opening round of his Wyndham Championship title defense with three straight pars for a 65. At 5 under, he's a shot back of leader Chris Stroud and tied with six others – including Trevor Immelmann, who finishes birdie-par at Nos. 8-9 for his 65, and Morgan Hoffmann, who has two holes to play.

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Update No. 44: 5:45 p.m. EDT

Zach Johnson finishes with birdie for a 67 that sends him to the clubhouse T-14 at 3 under. Bill Haas, playing in the same group, cards his fourth birdie-bogey sequence of the round to finish 1 under.

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Update No. 43: 5:35 p.m. EDT

Quite a finishing hole for Jordan Spieth: His drive catches the downslope of the fairway and runs out to about 360 yards, then his approach shot bounds to the back of the green before rolling back to inside 3 feet of the pin. His birdie caps a round of 65, the low of the afternoon, and has him 1 back of leader Chris Stroud.

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Update No. 42: 5:24 p.m. EDT

Finishing with four straight pars, Bryce Molder is the first afternoon golfer to card a 66. The Georgia Tech product finished T-12 at the AT&T Pebble Beach in February.

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Update No. 41: 5:17 p.m. EDT

At the par-5 14th, Morgan Hoffmann hits his second shot to about 15 feet for a good look at eagle – his putt stops on the edge of the cup and he taps in to move within a shot of the lead, T-2 at 5 under alongside Sergio Garcia and three others. Garcia makes par at the par-3 16th after just missing a birdie attempt.

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Update No. 40: 5:11 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia reaches the par-5 15th in two, but his eagle attempt curls to a stop a couple of feet short of the cup. The defending champ then rolls in his short birdie putt to move to 5 under, just one shot back of leader Chris Stroud and T-2 alongside Robert Garrigus, Matt Jones and Andrew Svoboda.

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Update No. 39: 5:05 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth birdies No. 15 to move to 4 under as well, ending a string of six straight pars. He follows with a par after nearly chipping in at the par-3 No. 16 and is T-5 at 4 under, two back of Chris Stroud. Spieth was among the last-minute entrants at this week's event.

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Update No. 38: 4:51 p.m. EDT

And Stuart Appleby climbs to 4 under as well, with a birdie at No. 14. That makes seven pros T-5 on that mark, with only John Senden having finished with a 66.

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Update No. 37: 4:43 p.m. EDT

Trevor Immelmann birdies three of four holes at Nos. 2-5 and moves to 4 under with four to play. Morgan Hoffmann bogeys No. 2 and rebounds immediately with a birdie to get back to 4 under as well.

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Update No. 36: 4:36 p.m. EDT

Bill Haas birdies No. 14 while Zach Johnson bogeys the hole as each moves to 2 under alongside 18 others, T-25 and four shots back of leader Chris Stroud.

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Update No. 36: 4:23 p.m. EDT

Sergio Garcia's fourth birdie of the day comes at No. 13 and moves him into the T-5 mix at 4 under as well. The defending champ is bogey-free with five holes to play.

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Update No. 35: 4:11 p.m. EDT

Michael Letzig joins Morgan Hoffmann and John Senden at 4 under with a birdie at No. 15 – as does Bryce Molder with an eagle at No. 5.

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Update No. 34: 4:04 p.m. EDT

Morgan Hoffmann cards three straight birdies at Nos. 16-18 before making the turn, moving to 4 under and T-5 with John Senden, two shots back of leader Chris Stroud.

Sergio Garcia misses the green at No. 12 but executes a tricky, downhill chip shot to tap-in range and saves par.

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Update No. 33: 3:55 p.m. EDT

Defending champion Sergio Garcia hits his 11th green in as many holes, cashing in for his first birdie since No. 2 and moving to 3 under. That's good for T-6 along with 13 others and the low mark among the afternoon golfers for the time being.

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Update No. 32: 3:49 p.m. EDT

Brandt Snedeker tries a sidewinding birdie attempt at No. 11, starting it nearly 90 degrees left of the cup and rolling it to a foot. He taps in the rest of the way for par to remain 1 over.

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Update No. 31: 3:40 p.m. EDT

Jeff Maggert is off to a strong start. He's 3 under through his first six holes with birdies at Nos. 2, 4 and 5. He entered the week at No. 108 in the FedEx Cup, but could get into the top 100 with a good finish this week.

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Update No. 30: 3:25 p.m. EDT

Justin Leonard just birdied the par-4 10th hole to move to 3 under. It's been a decent year for the veteran, who entered the week at No. 89 in the FedEx Cup standings. He's projected at No. 79, so with a few good finishes, he has a shot at making it to the BMW Championship, the third playoff event on Tour.

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Update No. 29: 2:58 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth just made his third birdie of the day, at the par-4 eighth hole, to move to 3 under. Also, Sergio Garcia has now made six straight pars since his birdie-birdie start, and he remains at 2 under.

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Update No. 28: 2:40 p.m. EDT

A bogey at the par-3 seventh hole drops Zach Johnson back to 3 under. Also at 3 under is Robert Karlsson, who is through nine holes after starting on the back nine. Karlsson entered the week at No. 156 in the FedEx Cup standings.

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Update No. 27: 2:33 p.m. EDT

Five golfers in the top 25 are playing this week – here's how they're faring so far:

  • No. 7 Brandt Snedeker: T-90, 1 over through six holes
  • No. 16 Ernie Els: T-90, 1 over after a 71
  • No. 19 Sergio Garcia: T-16, 2 under through six holes
  • No. 24 Bill Haas: T-33, 1 under through six holes
  • No. 25 Zach Johnson: T-5, 4 under through six holes

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Update No. 26: 2:21 p.m. EDT

Giving himself a chance to pull within a shot of the lead with his approach at No. 6, Zach Johnson sends his birdie putt long but makes the compebacker to remain 4 under.

In the same group, Jordan Spieth also makes par to remain 2 under while Bill Haas bogeys to slip to 1 under; Haas had bogeyed Nos. 2 and 5.

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Update No. 25: 2:14 p.m. EDT

Zach Johnson eagles No. 5 to move to 4 under, two shots back of the lead. Johnson was runner-up at the John Deere Classic in July, losing in a playoff to Jordan Spieth – who's playing in the same group and gets to 2 under with a birdie at No. 5.

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Update No. 24: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Andrew Svoboda's birdie-par finish gives him a 65 and pulls him within a shot of leader Chris Stroud, T-2 alongside Robert Garrigus and Matt Jones.

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Update No. 23: 1:53 p.m. EDT

Defending champion Sergio Garcia pars Nos. 3-4 to remain 2 under after opening with a pair of birdies; Zach Johnson does the same. Garcia hasn't won on Tour since last year's Wyndham, with a T-3 at the WGC-Cadillac in March at Doral his best finish of the season.

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Update No. 22: 1:41 p.m. EDT

Scott Gardiner notches back-to-back birdies at Nos. 5-6 and follows with a par to climb to 3 under with two holes to play. He's three back of leader Chris Stroud.

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Update No. 21: 1:23 p.m. EDT

Zach Johnson and Sergio Garcia have each started with two straight birdies, and are 2 under through two holes.

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Update No. 20: 1:19 p.m. EDT

Chris Stroud just wrapped up a 6-under 64 and he's the clubhouse leader in Greensboro.

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Update No. 19: 1:16 p.m. EDT

Defending champion Sergio Garcia birdies the par-4 first hole to open his tournament. Also, Jordan Spieth is 1 under through two holes after a birdie at the par-4 second hole.

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Update No. 18: 1:12 p.m. EDT

Padraig Harrington's 3-over 73 was not the start he needed today. Harrington entered the week at No. 129 in the FedEx Cup standings, and while he has his PGA Tour card all but locked up for next season via the money list, he'll need to work his way into the top 125 in the FedEx Cup by Sunday if he wants to make the playoffs.

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Update No. 17: 1:03 p.m. EDT

Matt Jones is finished with a 5-under 65, one shot back of leader Chris Stroud, who is 6 under with one hole to play (No. 9).

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Update No. 16: 1:01 p.m. EDT

Matt Every, Bob Estes and Rory Sabbatini are all in the clubhouse with 3-under 67s. Every and Estes are projected to break the top 90 in the FedEx Cup standings should they remain in the same position while Sabbatini, who was already inside the top 100, is projected at No. 77 right now.

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Update No. 15: 12:47 p.m. EDT

A birdie at the par-3 seventh hole was Chris Stroud's third straight of the round, and he's now got a two-shot lead at 7 under with two holes to play.

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Update No. 14: 12:30 p.m. EDT

Birdies at Nos. 5-6 have Bud Cauley back to 2 over. He is still projected outside the top 125 of the FedEx Cup, though.

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Update No. 13: 12:25 p.m. EDT

Chris Stroud has joined Matt Jones and Andrew Svoboda in the lead at 5 under. Stroud is through 14 holes today, and after entering the week at No. 48 in the FedEx Cup standings, he's projected to move to No. 14 should his current position remain the same.

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Update No. 12: 11:46 a.m. EDT

A bogey at the par-4 fourth hole drops Bud Cauley to 4 over through 13 holes. Cauley entered the week at No. 130 in the FedEx Cup standings, and his projected ranking right now is No. 136 Also, Padraig Harrington is 4 over through 15 holes, and is currently projected at No. 134 in the FedEx Cup standings.

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Update No. 11: 11:35 a.m. EDT

Matt Jones birdies the par-5 15th hole to move to 5 under and into a share of the lead with Andrew Svoboda.

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Update No. 10: 11:22 a.m. EDT

Andrew Svoboda birdies his fifth straight hole to take the lead. He's 5 under through nine holes now.

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Update No. 9: 11:11 a.m. EDT

Steven Bowditch, who enters this week at No. 125 in the FedEx Cup standings, is 3 over through 10 holes today.

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Update No. 8: 11:03 a.m. EDT

Andrew Svoboda, who won last week's Price Cutter Charity Championship on the Web.com Tour, has four straight birdies, at Nos. 5-8, to move into a share of the lead at 4 under. Should he notch his first PGA Tour victory this week, he would move from No. 209 to No. 83 in the FedEx Cup standings.

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Update No. 7: 10:54 a.m. EDT

Lucas Glover is 4 over through 10 holes despite playing on a broken toe. Click here to read how the injury occurred.

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Update No. 6: 10:36 a.m. EDT

Matt Jones is now the leader after birdies at Nos. 12-13 have moved him to 4 under. With a victory Jones would vault from No. 51 to No. 15 in the FedEx Cup standings. Meanwhile, Sang-Moon Bae, who led at 4 under earlier today, has dropped to 2 under after a double bogey at the par-4 10th hole.

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Update No. 5: 10:19 a.m. EDT

Peter Hanson is 1 under through seven holes after starting on the back nine. He entered the week at No. 126 in the FedEx Cup standings, but has since moved to 116 in the projected standings.

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Update No. 4: 10:17 a.m. EDT

Tom Gillis birdies No. 6 to get to 3 under, and he's now inside the top 125 of the projected FedEx Cup standings at No. 119.

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Update No. 3: 10:02 a.m. EDT

Tom Gillis has finished in the top 25 just twice in 21 starts on Tour this season. He's 2 under through five holes today, though, and has moved up 17 spots to No. 133 in the projected FedEx Cup standings.

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Update No. 2: 9:41 a.m. EDT

This is the final week before the FedEx Cup playoffs begin, meaning that those just outside the top 125 will have to finish strong in Greensboro in order to qualify for The Barclays. Bud Cauley, who is even par through five holes, is among those on the bubble. The projected points right now have Cauley up seven spots to No. 123.

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Update No. 1: 9:39 a.m. EDT

The first round is underway and Sang-Moon Bae is the early leader. Bae is 4 under through seven holes and leads Matt Every and J.J. Henry by one shot. John Huh is among several players tied for fourth at 2 under.

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