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On a day that felt like paradise, Paul Casey, Webb Simpson share lead at Waialae with 62s

  • RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT YEAR -  Paul Casey from England lines up his ball before putting on the sixth green during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan, 15, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Hugh Gentry)

    RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT YEAR - Paul Casey from England lines up his ball before putting on the sixth green during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan, 15, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Hugh Gentry)  (The Associated Press)

  • RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT YEAR - Mark Wilson drives off the 14th tee during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan, 15, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii.  (AP Photo/Hugh Gentry)

    RETRANSMISSION TO CORRECT YEAR - Mark Wilson drives off the 14th tee during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan, 15, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Hugh Gentry)  (The Associated Press)

  • Luke Donald, right, from England, follows his ball after teeing off on the 11th hole as Matt Kuchar, left, and Webb Simpson (wearing red shirt) watch during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan, 15, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Hugh Gentry)

    Luke Donald, right, from England, follows his ball after teeing off on the 11th hole as Matt Kuchar, left, and Webb Simpson (wearing red shirt) watch during the first round of the Sony Open golf tournament, Thursday, Jan, 15, 2015, in Honolulu, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Hugh Gentry)  (The Associated Press)

Paul Casey made nine birdies on a day that felt like paradise at the Sony Open and was tied for the lead with Webb Simpson at 8-under 62.

Casey is playing Waialae for the first time in a decade. He typically is in the Middle East this time of the year. But he gave up his European Tour membership and decided to start his year in Hawaii. So far, it looks like a smart choice.

There was hardly any wind Thursday along the shores down from Waikiki Beach, and scoring was low. Simpson shot 28 on the front nine to join Casey in the lead.

Camilo Villegas had a 63, shooting 29 on the front nine before he cooled on the back nine. Jason Day and Matt Kuchar were among those at 65.