The Greenbrier Classic. Johnny Vegas & Lefty Langley Lead.

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Jhonattan (Johnny) Vegas and Scott (Lefty) Langley lead The Greenbrier Classic at Old White TPC.

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Jhonattan and Scott sit on top of The Greenbrier Classic leaderboard at -9 under par, on a tough wet day at Old White TPC, in West Virginia. Jhonattan with a bogey free -5 under par 65 second round, and Scott with -1 under par 69, which included a couple of bogey’s.

No one really made a significant move to make a break away from the field, yesterday’s total was -8 under par, and the field is now so bunched up that there are twenty-three golfers who are within three shots of the lead, including seven players at -8 under.

Venezuela flag Johnny Vegas, from Venezuela, has not had a top ten finish this year, but said he is working on it. The top four finishers here at The Greenbrier, who are not previously eligible for The Open will earn a place this week, and Jhonattan is certainly aiming to be one of them;

“I feel like I’m playing great, I just haven’t been able to put it all together.”

“But I’m staying patient and working really hard to make it happen, and it’s coming together.”

“That’s one of the goals for the week, so we’re going to try to go get it.”

“It was a solid round overall, from the beginning to the end, I was able to hit every single green, gave myself a lot of opportunities, able to make some, some that nearly went in, but overall a completely solid round from tee to green.”

Scott had trouble following his opening round 62, leaving putts short;

“It was a little tougher day for me, following up a round like a 62 is never super easy mentally, but I hung in there today, didn’t have much going for most of my round, but made a bunch of pars and was able to make two birdies coming in for my last few holes.”

“I left a lot of putts within 6 inches of the hole, just right in the heart. I need to be a little more assertive Saturday on the greens.”

“Really ended the day on a real positive note, so I was pretty happy with the score, all things considered.”

Flag_of_Canada.svg Canadian David Hearn is still looking for his first PGA TOUR win, but has put himself in a good position this week to achieve that long-awaited goal;

“This would be a great place for me to win one, but I’ve got 36 holes of golf left.”

“I’m playing great right now and I look forward to the weekend.”

Tiger Woods was among those who made the -2 under par cut line, he is currently tied with a whole bunch of guys at -5 under par, Bubba Watson joined that crowd.

 

 

The Greenbrier Classic. Scott Langley Shoots 62.

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Scott Langley shoots 62 to lead The Greenbrier Classic at Old White TPC.

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Scott carded a bogey free -8 under par 62 in the 1st round of The Greenbrier Classic to lead by one shot at the close of play. Scott is playing this week on a sponsor exemption;

“I’m very thankful just to be in the field this week.”

Tied In second place are Jonathan Byrd and Danny Lee, both have yet to record a top ten finish this year, and this could be their best chance, Jonathan was a little depressed over his poor performances;

“I got a little down on myself earlier in the year because the results weren’t really there.”

“I kind of looked at myself in the mirror and said, you know, at the end of the day, I need to be the most positive guy in the field week in and week out.”

Brian Davis and Ryo Ishikawa are tied in fourth position at -6 under par following their opening rounds of 64.

Keeping the fans really happy were George McNeill and Justin Thomas, both carded holes in one at the par three 18th. The fans around the green were paid cash for the feat, $100 to fans at the hole for George’s ace and $500 for Justin’s, giving a total of about $192,000 to happy fans. The next Ace on the 18th would net fans $1,000 a piece, and in addition, two lucky winners will each have their mortgages paid for a year courtesy of the Quicken Loans Hole In One Sweepstakes.

Tiger Woods had a better day on the golf course than he has produced recently, carding -4 under par 66, will be interesting to see if can keep up the good work.

The Greenbrier Classic. Lieutenant Hurley Eyes the Win

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Lieutenant Billy Hurley 111 eyes the win at The Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC.

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Billy had a -3 under par 67 third round to take a two shot lead into the final day at -12 under par, and has a good chance to lift The Greenbrier Classic trophy. His military training helps with the rigors of the Pro golf circuit;

“Played nicely today and look forward to doing it again tomorrow. I think that mental toughness and timing are two keys, they’re both very similar and very important in both jobs.”

“I slept fine last night. A benefit of the Navy is you learn to sleep anywhere. I think I’ll sleep fine tonight, too.”

“Sometimes you kind of can look at a guy like that who has won a bunch and two majors, kind of like, ‘Oh, he does that pretty nice.’” It will be a new experience, but I’ve played with a major winners a couple times before.”

“I feel like I have my card locked up for next year, which is kind of a big piece of playing the last couple weeks for me. So at this point, a win is kind of a bonus. I’m going to give it my best and try to win tomorrow, and try to hit shots and just  have fun doing it. I haven’t really thought about it too much.”

“I’m going to try to keep doing what I’m doing, I just want to put my mind in position so that I can play well. I figure if I shoot the lowest score tomorrow, I can’t lose. So we’re just going to go out there and play nicely. If I play well with a two‑shot lead, I’m going to have to play really, really well.  I just tell myself to be Billy Hurley.”

The Major winner Billy was referring to is second placed Angel Cabrera, who carded a third round -6 under par 64 to climb into contention at -10 under par.

 Angel spoke of his Major wins, but does think that experience will help him here;

“I’d like to continue winning majors, but if I win this nice tournament, I’ll be very happy. It’s been a while, I’ve been working very hard, so it’s just hard work to get me in this position.”

“That’s probably not going to play into it. All I have to do is keep playing well. I’d like to have the title, and I’ve just got to keep working.”

Kevin Chappell is in third spot at -9 under par, following his third round -1 under par 69.

 

The Greenbrier Classic. Billy Hurley Had Fireworks on Display Today.

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Billy Hurley 111 lit up The Greenbrier Classic as he climbed the leaderboard at Old White TPC  to claim a one shot lead at the mid-way point.

Billy Hurley III has three top 10s so far this season. (Todd Warshaw/Getty Images)

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Billy carded a second round -7 under par 63 to get to -9 under par for the tournament and have a one shot lead going into the   week-end. Lieutenant Hurley served in the military, so today was extra special for him;

“Anytime you play good, it’s great; right? but certainly, there’s special days of the year for our country, and being the only person playing this week who has served in the military, it adds kind of stuff. So it’s kind of pretty cool, I guess, to shoot seven under on the Fourth of July.”

“Just kind of fell in love with the Naval Academy, and the tradition, honor, courage, commitment, all the ideals and the whole place really, it was definitely the right school for me.”

“I obviously became a very nice player in college, but it wasn’t like one of those sure things, like some of the guys out here who were pretty much going to be out here since they were 17 years old. That said, golf was completely a secondary kind of thing. I was a naval officer first, and if you ask the people that I served with, they’d say that’s for sure.”

Kevin Chappell and Chris Stroud are tied in second place, at -8 under par for the competition. Chris was full of praise for Billy;

“It’s awesome, he went to the military and took off three, four, five years of golf and comes out and gets his game back and gets on TOUR. There’s a lot to be said about that. He couldn’t be a more solid guy.”

As good a day as it was for Billy, the low round of the day went to Troy Matteson recording a -9 under par 61, which moved him up to fourth place at -7 under par for the competition.

But you can not take away Lieutenant Hurley ‘pride in his achievement on Independence Day, the 238th Birthday of the U.S.A.

The Greenbrier Classic. Johnson Jumps Into Lead

Johnson Wagner jumps into the lead at The Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC , with a third round of -6 under par 64 and a total of -14 under par tournament score.

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Johnson who played here several times a year as a student at Virginia Tech, already has his game plan laid out. He ranks 21st in fairways hit, sixth in greens in regulation and 10th in putting through 36 holes.

“This is the kind of golf course that if you play tentative at all you’re going to miss fairways, and when you miss fairways out here you get some awkward angles on some of these tough TOUR pins especially on Sunday. So 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.”

Jimmy Walker is alone in second place, two shots off the pace at -12 under par tournament total. He also had a third round of -6 under par 64, and likes this course;

“I like the golf course, I’ve always liked it. The first time we came here we really enjoyed it, just the whole atmosphere. Everybody’s so nice and everybody’s so accommodating. The hotel is amazing and just really enjoyed being here and the golf course really seems to fit my eye. I like the tee shots, like the second shots, and I feel comfortable.”

Jonas Blixt is in third place at -10 under par for the tournament total, the only other player on the course to finish in double figures.

Bill Haas is in a group of players who are on -8 under par, and is bidding to win again after last week, but admits the leaders will have to help by coming back a bit;

“This week I’ve tried to do a good job of staying in the moment and telling myself that last week you did it, you never know what will happen. I’m going to need the leaders to not go crazy low but a good round tomorrow will put me in a great position. Today was kind of a mixed bag, I hit a lot of nice shots that didn’t result in birdies.Then those last four holes I played in three under and it could easily have not been that way. So I’m counting my blessings to shoot 3 under par and with that said, I’m going to go hit a few on the range and hopefully figure something out and have a decent Sunday.” 

To be honest the winner will come from the current top three, the others are realistically too far away.

The Greenbrier Classic. Matt Makes A Move.

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Matt Every makes a move on the leaderboard at The Greenbrier Classic, his second round of -8 under par 62 propelled him to the summit, at -9 under par. The Old White TPC course has surrendered another 62, this could be a record breaking winning score here this weekend.

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Matt’s bogey-free round gave him sole possession of the top of the leaderboard at -9 under par, he said making some putts really helped him;

” I played really well tee-to-green, finally made some putts. I haven’t made anything all year and it  just finally happened today. Been waiting for it.”

On an extremely tightly packed leaderboard there are five players tied in second place, all at -8 under par for the tournament. it reads like this; Daniel Summerhays, Bill Lunde, Steven Bowditch, Russell Henley and one of the first round leaders Johnson Wagner.

Johnson fell back with his disappointing second round effort of even par 70, a long way from yesterday’s 62. The other first round leader Tommy Gainey fared even worse, with a second round +1 over par 71, leaving him in the next group of players at -7 under par for the tournament.

In a strange statement Tommy said the course played really tough today. The stats prove something different, it played easier on Friday than it did in the first round with a scoring average of 69.668 to 70.096. I guess Tommy never saw Matt at the top of the board with his 62;

“You have to give credit to the golf course. The golf course, it gave up some low scores yesterday, but what’s the lowest score it gave up today?  I mean really, in any other tournament besides the majors, everybody’s shooting 7, 8, 9 under on the first or second rounds. The golf course hung up pretty good today, it played tough.”

In amongst those who will not play at the weekend is Phil Mickelson, who got his first sub-par round at The Old White TPC but missed the cut at The Greenbrier Classic for the third straight year, a first in the World Golf Hall of Famer’s career. Joining Phil on the early bus ride home are  2010 Greenbrier Classic champion Stuart Appleby; Roberto Castro, who finished second at last week’s AT&T National; Charles Howell III, Brian Gay and former major champions Lucas Glover, Mike Weir, Trevor Immelman and Vijay Singh.

The Greenbrier Classic. -8 Under Par 62, Two of Them, Lead.

 

Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner are tied for the lead at The Greenbrier Classic on -8 under par after the opening round The Old White TPC  in White Sulphur Springs.

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A clean-shaven Johnson Wagner and Tommy Gainey each shot an 8-under 62 to enjoy a two shot lead at the top of the leaderboard at The Greenbrier Classic.

Johnson admitted that he had endured some hard times recently, and his mustache had been removed as a birthday offering to his wife;

” The last couple of months have been really hard, I just haven’t been much fun to be around. It’s just been tough. Nobody likes to be bad at what they do, especially golfers. “I’ve been disappointed with 76’s and 79’s the last month, so I’m very happy to be disappointed with a 62 today. I didn’t get her a gift,  so I thought maybe surprising her with a clean lip would suffice, I love irritating my wife too much to let it go for too long.”

Two Gloves Tommy said he had forgotten to have fun out on the golf course;

“I had gotten away from that and I’m trying to get back into that now, I felt like I knew what was going on. I was putting too much pressure on myself. Hitting out of the rough is no fun, trust me, I’ve been doing it for the past three years. I believe you can get to at least 20 under this week. It depends on how much rain we get and how much softer this course gets.”

Webb Simpson and Jim Park are tied in third place at -6 under par, with their opening rounds of 64.

Phil Mickelson is back at -2 under par and is at a loss as to why this golf course gives him so many problems;

“I don’t know what it is, I felt like I was playing really well heading in here. I don’t play this course well. I don’t know what the reasoning is. It’s just given me problems the last few years.”