WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. — The mustache is gone, and for one round at least, Johnson Wagner also didn’t have to deal with playing bad golf.
Wagner and Tommy Gainey each shot an 8-under-par 62 on Thursday to share a two-stroke lead after the first round of the Greenbrier Classic.
Webb Simpson and Jin Park were close behind after 64s. Daniel Summerhays, Tag Ridings, Steven Bowditch and 50-year-old Neal Lancaster were another shot back.
Players were able to lift, clean and place their balls after rain fell prior to the start of play.
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Gainey and Wagner had bogey-free rounds in the morning. Wagner was 8 under after 12 holes but finished with six straight pars. Both could use a good week — Gainey is 125th in season tour winnings, while Wagner ranks 148th.
Wagner doesn’t have a top-10 finish this year and he hasn’t won since the 2012 Sony Open. In his last seven tournaments, he’s missed six cuts and withdrew from the Memorial.
“The last couple of months have been really hard,” Wagner said. “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.”
Wagner shaved his mustache in a nod to his wife for their seventh wedding anniversary.
“I didn’t get her a gift. So I thought maybe surprising her with a clean lip would suffice,” he said.
Gainey’s first PGA Tour victory came last fall at the McGladrey Classic, but like Wagner he has missed more cuts than he’s made this year.
Former Husky Richard H. Lee shot a 68. Andres Gonzales of Olympic had a 71. Jeff Gove from Seattle shot a 72. Kyle Stanley of Gig Harbor had a 77.
Phil Mickelson, playing for the first time since finishing second to Justin Rose at the U.S. Open, struggled to a 74.
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