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July 4, 2013

Gainey, Wagner have great first rounds

Interviews with early leaders at The Greenbrier Classic




JOHNSON WAGNER: I mean, it will definitely come back at some point. I love irritating my wife too much with it to let it go for too long. We just celebrated our 7th anniversary on Monday and I didn't get her a gift, so I thought surprising her with a clean lip would suffice.

Q. Tommy Gainey also had a 8-under today. He said he thinks the scores can go even lower. Do you concur with the course conditions?

JOHNSON WAGNER: Obviously it's been a really wet spring here, we've had a lot of rain the last couple days. It's soft, it's very playable, we played ball in hand in the fairway today. Probably didn't have to, but with rain in the forecast it was a wise decision. Yeah, I think the scores can go pretty low. I think 62 will still be in the Top 10 by the end of the day. It may be leading, but yeah, who knows.

Q. Adjectives to describe your year to this point. I know it hasn't been exactly what you wanted with the cuts and the WD at the Memorial. Was that an injury by the way or what?

JOHNSON WAGNER: No, at Memorial we got blown off the course. I had three holes to go on Friday, was shooting a million, I thought we were going to come back the next morning and I needed some rest. I felt bad to withdraw from Mr. Nicklaus' tournament, but I just didn't want to come back out and sit out a 17 hour rain delay.

Q. The missed cuts, obviously your game's not been up to par?

JOHNSON WAGNER: No, it hasn't been. I've struggled with my ball striking all year, even my good finishes, which there were maybe two at Kapalua and Harbortown, which was the last cut I made, my ball striking's been terrible. After Hartford a couple weeks ago my coach watched me play Friday. We hadn't been working all that much together this year. He said come down -- he's at Westchester county at Old Oaks Country Club. He said, Come down and get it straight, that's where you always are when you struggle. We got into a position after three, four days where I kind of felt like I did leading into the Sony Open last year and Kapalua last year, where I played the best golf of my life. Confidence for me can turn around real quickly. Before I won my first tournament, the Shell Houston Open in 2008, I think I made $40,000 the first tournaments of the year. So my past performance really doesn't mean much to me unless it's good.

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