WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Johnson Wagner, who has yet to post a top-10 finish on the PGA Tour this year, shot a 6-under-par 64 Saturday to take a two-stroke lead after the third round of the Greenbrier Classic.
Wagner was at 14 under on the Old White TPC course. Jimmy Walker (64) was second at 12 under.
In his two previous tournaments, Wagner had three birdies combined. He had seven birdies Saturday.
“I felt really comfortable all day,”said the 33-year-old Wagner, who played college golf at Virginia Tech, which is less than a two-hour drive from the tournament site. “I hit a lot of good golf shots.
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“I’ve got a really clear picture of what I’m trying to do on every swing. Sometimes when you’re playing bad, you forget who you are and you get down on yourself. The last couple of weeks, I’m just trying to be positive and remember that I’ve won three times out here. I’m a little more comfortable with myself right now.”
Wagner said he isn’t going to stop being aggressive Sunday unless the wind picks up.
“I’m just going to try to make as many birdies as I can,” he said. “This golf course, when it’s firm and fast, may be one of my favorite places we play on Tour.”
Walker also gets a cozy feeling at The Greenbrier. He finished one stroke out of a playoff in the 2011 Greenbrier Classic and tied for fourth place in 2010.
“The golf course really seems to fit my eye,” Walker said. “I like the tee shots, I like the second shots and I feel comfortable.”
Still searching for his first Tour victory, Walker woke up sick early Friday morning and wasn’t feeling well Saturday.
His golf swing certainly didn’t suffer.
Walker is hoping to secure a spot in the British Open, which starts July 18. After the Greenbrier Classic, the leading five players not already exempt from inside the top 20 in the FedExCup points standings will earn a spot at Muirfield. Walker is 24th.
“I have a room booked,” Walker said. “I might as well go use it.”
Swede Jonas Blixt (67) was in third place at 10 under. Australians Matt Jones (66) and Steven Bowditch (69) and Texas teenager Jordan Spieth (67) were at 9 under.
Spieth had birdies on three of the final four holes. A victory would give him his PGA Tour membership and make him eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs. He has earned more than $1.1 million this year and is assured of a Tour card when the new season starts in October.
Second-round leader Matt Every (74) bogeyed the first two holes and was tied for 27th at 5 under.
Ex-Washington Husky Richard H. Lee (70) was tied for 54th at 2 under and Andres Gonzales (70) of Olympia was tied for 62nd at 1 under.
McDowell, Sterne share lead
SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland and Richard Sterne of South Africa share a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the French Open, a European Tour event at Le Golf National.
McDowell (1-under 70) and Sterne (71) were at 5-under 208 for 54 holes.
Bernd Wiesberger (68) of Austria, David Howell (69) of England and Richard Green (70) of Australia were at 4 under.