WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- Golf's holy grail eluded him but Johnson Wagner did manage to grab a share of the early first round lead at The Greenbrier Classic with a 62.
Wagner was 8 under through 12 holes on the par-70 Old White TPC but ended up parring in to set the pace with Tommy Gainey. He made six birdies and an eagle to Gainey's eight birdies as the first round was contested with preferred lies.
Wagner and Gainey are both PGA TOUR champions but they have struggled this year. Wagner has not cashed a check in his last seven starts while Gainey missed nine of 11 cuts midway through the season.
The two were solid on Thursday, though. Gainey hit all but one fairway and three greens in regulation while using 25 putts. Gainey also had 25 putts, hitting aa of 14 fairways and 15 of 18 greens.
Webb Simpson was two strokes back after a 64 while Jin Park, who has only made three cuts this season, is 6 under through 16 holes.
Tied at 66 are Brendon de Jonge, who was Wagner's teammate at Virginia Tech; Peter Hanson, David Mathis, James Driscoll, Scott Brown, Ben Crane and Jonas Blixt.