The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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July 4, 2013

Gainey, Wagner have great first rounds

Interviews with early leaders at The Greenbrier Classic



TOMMY GAINEY: Probably going to take a nap, I've been up since 5:30, so I'm going to definitely gets some good food here shortly, kind of hang out with the family, see what they want to do. The Greenbrier is America's resort. I've seen the commercial with all they have to offer, I see why they call it that. I'm just going to try to experience America the beautiful.

Q. Tommy, out there you mentioned you put a new driver in the bag, the Callaway. With so much made about equipment, that's the first club you (inaudible) all day. How big was that driver to you?

TOMMY GAINEY: It was big for me. If you look at my stats in driving accuracy, it's going to be around 30 percent this year leading up to today. Let me tell you, I don't know what other pros will tell you, but in my opinion, the tee ball sets up the rest of your game. If you don't hit it in the fairway, you're just trying to knock it on the green and make par because hitting it out of this rough is no fun. Trust me, I've been doing it for the last three years.

Q. Can you talk a little bit about that meeting that you had with your family, when it was, who was there?

TOMMY GAINEY: You know, my wife, Erin, my sister-in-law, Loren, my brother-in-law, David Robinson, my agent, Paul, we got together and just kind of talked about different things, said, you know, you're playing bad, what's going on? I feel like I'm trying to force the issue. They said listen, you won a tournament last year because you were having fun playing the game you love to play. I had gotten away from that and I'm trying to get back into that now. I've got to say, it's a lot better when you have more fun playing the game you love to play because it's easier and it's less stressful. How long ago was this? This was probably, the last month, within the last month.

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