Wagner, Gainey claim Greenbrier lead
Last updated: 5th July 2013
Johnson Wagner and Tommy Gainey shot eight-under par rounds of 62 on Thursday to finish the first round of the Greenbrier Classic in a tie for the lead.
Two strokes behind the leading pair were Webb Simpson and Jin Park after rounds of 64, while Daniel Summerhays, Tag Ridings, Steven Bowditch and Neal Lancaster were another shot back.
After heavy rain hit the Old White course overnight and before the start of play, players were to lift, clean and place their balls in the wet conditions.
Both players had bogey-free rounds early in the day and looked in impressive form despite struggling so far this year: Gainey lies in 125th place overall on the PGA Tour money list, while Wagner is 148th.
Wager in particular has struggled of late, missing the cut in all six events he took part in prior to the Greenbrier.
"The last couple of months have been really hard," Wagner said after his round.
"I just haven't been much fun to be around. It's just been tough. Nobody likes to be bad at what they do, especially golfers."
After chipping in to eagle the par-five 12th to reach eight-under, the Virginia Tech graduate disappointingly finished with six straight pars.
"I've been disappointed with 76s and 79s the last month, so I'm very happy to be disappointed with a 62 today," he continued.
Like Wagner, Gainey has struggled since winning the McGladrey Classic last year and missed more cuts this year than he made.
The 37-year-old admitted that he stopped having fun on the course and that he is looking at how to turn around his fortunes.
"I had gotten away from that and I'm trying to get back into that now," Gainey noted.
"I felt like I knew what was going on. I was putting too much pressure on myself.
"Hitting out of the rough is no fun.
"Trust me, I've been doing it for the past three years."
After winning the Congressional last week, Bill Haas was at two-under alongside Ryan Palmer, while Phil Mickelson - playing in his first event since his runner-up finish at the US Open last month - struggled to a 74.
The four-time major champion has missed the cut at the Greenbrier in his last two attempts, made a triple bogey on the 17th as well as five other bogeys in his round.
"I don't know what it is," Mickelson admitted.
"I felt like I was playing really well heading in here. I don't play this course well. I don't know what the reasoning is. It's just given me problems the last few years."
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