Greenbrier Classic: Johnson Wagner leads by two after third round at Old White TBC
Last Updated: 07/07/13 6:29pm
Johnson Wagner: Third-round leader at Greenbrier Classic
American Johnson Wagner returned to the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the Greenbrier Classic at Old White TBC.
The 33-year-old Texan, who is seeking his fourth PGA Tour success, carded a six-under 64 to move to 14-under 196, two shots ahead of compatriot Jimmy Walker.
Wagner had shared the first-round lead with Tommy Gainey after shooting a 62 on Thursday, but he started the day one off the pace following Matt Every's 62 on Friday.
Every quickly dropped out of the lead after starting his third round with back-to-back bogeys and Wagner was able to make his mark with three birdies over the first five holes.
Third round leaderboard
(US unless stated)
-14 J Wagner
-12 J Walker
-10 J Blixt (Swe)
-9 M Jones (Aus)
-9 S Bowditch
-9 J Spieth
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A bogey at the par-four seventh checked his charge, but further birdies at the ninth, 10th, 12th and 18th took him clear of the pack.
"Today my goal was to go out and make as many birdies as I could, and I did that," said Wagner after sinking a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-three last and pumping his right fist in delight.
"Now I've got to take the same attitude into tomorrow. I think my main key is going to be aggressive off the tee and hit as many fairways as I can, which will set up a lot of birdie opportunities."
Walker matched Wagner's 64 thanks to a superb back nine which featured five of his six birdies and he is two shots in front of third-placed Swede Jonas Blixt (67).
Australian duo Matt Jones (66) and Steven Bowditch (69) are tied for fourth place with American Jordan Spieth (67) on nine under.
Bill Haas, who won last week's AT&T National, gave himself an outside chance of claiming back-to-back wins by moving to eight under after three successive birdies from the 15th for a 67.
Every eventually signed for a four-over 74 following two more bogeys on the front nine and an eventful back nine which included four birdies and double-bogeys at both the 13th and 14th.
He is now tied for 27th place on five under with a large group of players which includes English duo Brian Davis and Greg Owen.