The decision to shave off his epic mustache has clearly served Johnson Wagner well, as he will take the lead into the final round of the Greenbrier Classic. Thanks to a 64 in the third round, Wagner sits at 14 under par (196) and is two shots clear of Jimmy Walker. The two will play together in the last group of the final round.
Much has been made of the Wagner and his crumb catcher, but the results he’s achieved so far this week on the PGA Tour cannot be disputed. He’s tied for the low score in both the first and third rounds at the Old White TPC. For his part, Wagner has attributed his resurgence to a “boot camp” session with his coach. He hasn’t played the weekend since the RBC Heritage in April when he finished T18th. six of those events were missed cuts and one was a withdrawal. I’m all for a quality soup strainer, but I can’t imagine him growing back the cookie duster after the results he’s seen this week.
Even though he has some solid finishes this year, Wagner knows that he hasn’t played consistently well for about a year now. If he is able to hold on for the victory, it will be his first of the season and will catapult him up the world rankings (he’s currently 180th) and the FedEx Cup standings (he’s currently 145th). Wagner is getting it done on the greens this week, averaging just over 1.6 putts per hole. It helps that he’s also hitting just under 80% of greens in regulation.
This is the time of year when players are not only trying to get into form for the remaining majors of the season, but are also trying to position themselves for the FedEx Cup playoffs and the potential $10 million payoff that goes to the winner.