Former Hokie atop Greenbrier Classic Leaderboard
Johnson Wagner at -14 after 3rd Round
Coming into Saturday's third round at the Greenbrier Classic, it was pretty tight at the top of the leaderboard, with a former Hokie leading the pack.
Ten players started the day at the Greenbrier Classic within two shots of the lead, which stood at 9-under. 1997 British Open Champ Justin Leonard climbed the ladder a bit with a mixed bag round that included seven birdies and four bogeys getting to 5-under par.
“I made a bunch of birdies,” Leonard said, “but I threw in a couple bogeys in the par threes on the back 9. I'm a little disappointed to finish like that but all in all it was a good day. I don't know what kind of position I'll be to and win, but I certainly moved up and hope to do the same tomorrow."
The two Watsons, Bubba and Tom, did their best to make some noise as well. Bubba fired a 69 and is 4-under while Tom is 1-under following a 72.
"Tomorrow I've got to shoot something really low,” Bubba Watson said. I’ve got to shoot that 59 like it's been done before. But I just need to play solid golf and just have fun and enjoy it."
"The guys out there,” Tom Watson said, “they're shooting some pretty low scores out there today because again, the golf course is pretty receptive to low scores."
One of those players was Johnson Wagner. The former Hokie started quickly with biridies in three of his first five holes. He made two more at nine and ten before narrowly missing a third straight at the par 4, 11th. The three-time Tour winner was steady on the way in. Wagner is 11-under after a 64 and will sleep on a two shot lead over Jimmy Walker, who birdied 18 to get to 12-under.
"That's the reason we all play golf is to have a chance to win on Sunday,” Wagner said, “and there's no better place to do that from the final group with the lead. I think my main key for tomorrow is going to be aggressive off the tee and hit as many fairways as I can, which will set up a lot of birdie opportunities."
"I like Johnson,” Walker said. “Johnson's a good guy. We've had fun before and it'll be a good day. It'll be fun. I like playing here. It's a great place. I enjoy the golf course a lot."
Walker and Wagner will make up the final grouping on Sunday, but behind those two is a crowded bunch of players which could make for a wild Sunday on the Old White TPC course.