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July 4, 2013

Gainey, Wagner have great first rounds

Interviews with early leaders at The Greenbrier Classic



Q. Was there any particular part of your game that you needed to work on with him or --

JOHNSON WAGNER: It's all set up for me with driving the golf ball. I've been driving it short and crooked this year. My fairway percentage is way down, my driving distance is way down, and I've never been that long anyway to be good enough to miss fairways and coming into these greens with 5-irons. It's amazing, I think I gained 15 yards with my driver and I'm hitting it straighter. It's nice, it's nice to feel like I know what I'm doing again.

Q. One other question, you said confidence can turn around quickly. What have the last couple months been like mentally for you?

JOHNSON WAGNER: I mean, it's been tough, it's probably -- I love my job, I love playing the PGA TOUR, I love playing golf when I'm at home but the last couple months, I mean, have been really hard. I just haven't been much fun to be around and it's just been tough. Nobody likes to be bad at what they do, especially golfers.

Q. So who did you bring with you this week and would proximity and fan support and support from family have with anything to do with what happened today?

JOHNSON WAGNER: A little bit. My wife and kids are here. They haven't traveled to a tournament since my last cut made at Harbortown, maybe that's something there. And her parents are here with us, we have a nice cottage up here at the Greenbrier, such an incredible place. My parents and brother and his wife usually come, but they're all coming with me to the British Open, leaving next Thursday after the Open Championship. They gave this one a miss this year, but I've got a nice group with me this week.

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