WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – Johnson Wagner is like a modern-day Samson – only the exact opposite.
In the midst of a sixth consecutive missed cut at last week’s AT&T National (with one withdrawal during that period, too), Wagner shaved the Magnum P.I.-like mustache that he’s been sporting for more than a year.
Apparently less hair meant greater strength, as Wagner posted an opening-round 8-under 62 in The Greenbrier Classic on Thursday.
“It will definitely come back at some point,” he said. “I love irritating my wife too much with it to let it go for too long. We just celebrated our seventh anniversary on Monday and I didn’t get her a gift, so I thought surprising her with a clean lip would suffice.”
Wagner carded seven birdies and an eagle, even looking like he could post the second-ever 59 at this tournament before closing with six straight pars.
It was a round that should help wash away some of his recent pessimism about his game.
“I love my job, I love playing the PGA Tour, I love playing golf when I’m at home,” he said. “But the last couple of months have been really hard. I just haven’t been much fun to be around and it’s just been tough. Nobody likes to be bad at what they do, especially golfers.”