You Oughta Know: Greenbrier Classic


After a 6-under 64 during Saturday's third round, Johnson Wagner emerged from a crowded leaderboard at Old White TPC, just a short drive from Blacksburg, Va., where he attended college at Virginia Tech. Here's what You Ought Know heading into the final round of The Greenbrier Classic, where Wagner leads by two shots:

• Wagner is in position to break out of a mini-slump in a big way. A three-time winner on the PGA Tour, Wagner’s last seven starts before heading to West Virginia resulted in six missed cuts and a withdrawal at the Memorial Tournament. He last made a cut at the RBC Heritage in April, where he tied for 18th.

• No 54-hole leader has won in the three years of this event. Ted Potter came from four shots back in 2012, Scott Stallings from down a stroke in '11, and Stuart Appleby was seven in arrears when he shot 59 to win in '10.

• Like Wagner, Jonas Blixt is a player who has struggled this year after winning on the PGA Tour in 2012. The Swede claimed the Open title last October, but this season has missed eight cuts in 16 starts, with just two resulting in top-35 finishes. This week, though, Blixt has put together three straight sub-70 rounds for the first time this year, and with 18 holes to play sits alone in third place, four shots behind Wagner and in position for his best finish of 2013.

• Among the best players still without a PGA Tour victory, Jimmy Walker is no stranger to success at Old White TPC. Though he missed the cut a year ago, Walker tied for fourth in the event's inaugural edition in 2010 and followed that up with another T-4 finish in 2011, finishing just one shot outside of a three-man playoff eventually won by Scott Stallings. With 18 top-10 finishes in 180 career starts, Walker has nearly $7 million in earnings but still is in search of his first win, a drought he hopes to end Sunday when he tees off alongside Wagner in the day's final pairing.

• After three consecutive rounds of 3-under 67, Jordan Spieth is in position for another high finish in what has already been an impressive rookie campaign. Still three weeks shy of his 20th birthday, Spieth began the year with no status on any professional tour but has played his way to five top-10 finishes in 14 starts on the PGA Tour in 2013, accruing more than $1 million in earnings. He’ll begin Sunday’s final round tied for fourth, five shots off the pace and still with an outside chance of becoming the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour in more than 80 years.

• A winner last week at Congressional, Bill Haas picked up where he left off. The former FedEx Cup champion has fired three straight rounds in the 60s, and as a result headlines a large group of players tied for seventh after 54 holes. Should he put together a Sunday rally, Haas would become the first player to win on the PGA Tour in back-to-back weeks since Rory McIlroy won both the Deutsche Bank Championship and the BMW Championship during last year’s FedEx Cup playoffs.

• Though Wagner and Walker begin Sunday somewhat separated from the field, The Greenbrier has provided plenty of final-round drama in its short history. The aforementioned Stuart Appleby fired a 59 to come from behind to win in 2010, a playoff was needed to decide a winner in both 2011 and 2012. With the course often set up with low scores attainable, several players will begin the final round feeling as though they have a legitimate chance to hoist the trophy by day's end.