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Saturday, July 6, 2013

The Greenbrier Classic - Round 3

Johnson Wagner emerged with a two-stroke lead at the end of the third round of The Greenbrier Classic, with Jimmy Walker nipping at his heels. Will Wagner pick up his fourth win? Walker his first? Someone else?
  • Johnson Wagner is a great example of what makes golf so hard to predict. The guy hasn't made a cut in forever and his flirting with 80 more than 68 over the last two months and then this week happens. In listening to his post-round interview on CBS, he referenced his work with his coach after an embarrassing week at the Travelers. He said he was now equally confident to when he won the Sony Open in 2012. He was very vocal coming into that week about how confident he was. This seems similar.
  • The only word of caution in regards to Wagner is his second-round 70 after an opening 62. He wasn't able to back it up. If he shoots 67 tomorrow then he wins. If he shoots 69 or 70, then there are a lot of "what if's."
  • Jimmy Walker has a golden opportunity to break through. If he can shoot a 2-under on the front nine tomorrow it puts plenty of pressure on Wagner.
  • Looking a little further down, Jonas Blixt is an excellent putter and could shoot a low enough number to win if the ball-striking cooperates. He's four back. Five back are Steven Bowditch, Matt Jones and Jordan Spieth. Spieth looked like he was destined to win last week through three holes, then forgot how to putt. If he holes out for eagle from the first fairway this week, I quit. Of the three, I could see Jones being the biggest challenger of this group. He's sneaky long and can get streaky hot. Just usually not in final rounds. Bowditch would be a bigger story than any other first-time winner in a long time due to his history with battling depression. If you read down Jason Sobel's Twitter feed you'll see a link to an article he wrote on this topic several years ago for ESPN. 
  • Yahoo lineup remains the same as yesterday (I tweeted it out). Bubba Watson, DeLaet, Simpson and Horschel. I wouldn't argue if you wanted to put Stallings in for DeLaet or Simpson.

Best of luck!

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