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Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner are joint leaders of Greenbrier Classic after opening round

Updated: Friday, 05 Jul 2013 10:41 | Comments

Tommy Gainey (pictured) and Johnson Wagner both shot impressive 62s
Tommy Gainey (pictured) and Johnson Wagner both shot impressive 62s

Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner took advantage of good scoring conditions at Old White TPC to take the early lead in the Greenbrier Classic.

The pair carded eight-under-par first rounds of 62 to lead by two at the end of day one ahead of major winner Webb Simpson and Korea's Jin Park.

Rain before the event softened up conditions, allowing players to attack the pins, and Wagner enjoyed his front nine to the tune of 29 strokes, with five birdies including three in succession from the third.

He added another at the 11th which was followed by a pitch in for eagle, raising hopes of a round of 59, but six closing pars left him level with Gainey.

The latter changed his driver for the tournament and was accurate off the tee - vital with damp rough awaiting wayward drives - allowing him to card eight birdies including a run of two, three, three, three from the eighth.

Gainey told pgatour.com: "I missed one fairway today with this new driver and that says a lot because if I can hit fairways, I can score, I can really play this game. All of us can.

"All these guys out here, if we hit the fairways, we can score. Today with the soft greens, I made some putts."

Simpson, the 2012 US Open champion, was bogey-free as he carded 64, a score matched by Jin.

A shot back on five under were Australia's Steven Bowditch and a trio of Americans in Daniel Summerhays, Neal Lancaster and Tag Ridings.

England's Brian Davis and Greg Owen were the leading Britons after rounds of three under, matched by Ben Curtis, Louis Oosthuizen and former American Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III among others.

Phil Mickelson dropped four shots in the last two holes to finish four over.

He said: "I felt like I was playing really well heading in here and I don't play this course well. I don't know what the reasoning is, it's just giving me problems the last few years."

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