The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

The Greenbrier Classic

July 4, 2013

Gainey, Wagner have great first rounds

Interviews with early leaders at The Greenbrier Classic

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS — Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner came into the clubhouse as the first round leaders at 8-under on Thursday at The Greenbrier Classic. Here's what they had to say following their terrific rounds.


MODERATOR: Tommy, heck of a round out there for you today. Just talk about what you were seeing.

TOMMY GAINEY: Well, what I was seeing is I put a new Callaway driver in the bag, it's called Optiforce. I missed one fairway today with this new driver and that says a lot because if I can hit fairways, I can score, I can really play this game. All of us can. All these guys out here, if we hit the fairways, we can score. Today with the soft greens, you know, I made some putts.

Q. Did you surprise yourself out there today or were you kind of expecting it?

TOMMY GAINEY: Absolutely I surprised myself. I didn't know, I had been hitting it kind of bad, not real good, and just to put the new driver in the bag and to get the results that I did today and especially with the putter, I'm very happy.

Q. You said hitting the fairways was a big thing, but what do you think it is that you need to do on this course to get a low score and keep up top?

TOMMY GAINEY: Well, the thing is keep it away from the bunkers because that high grass around the bunkers, if you get it in there, you could struggle a little bit. You could hit it in some holes in there where you won't have much of a shot to get it out of there. So I'm just keeping with my guns, keeping aggressive, keep hitting fairways, and I'm going to keep knocking it at the pins because there's more rain on the way.

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