How it Happened: Wagner leads Greenbrier

Johnson Wagner during the third round of the 2013 Greenbrier Classic on the PGA Tour.

Johnson Wagner during the third round of the 2013 Greenbrier Classic on the PGA Tour.

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For the second time in three days, Johnson Wagner posted the day's best number as he reclaimed the lead Saturday at the Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Wagner's 64 matched Jimmy Walker and Gary Woodland, pushing him to 14 under and a two-shot lead over Walker. In the opening round, his 62 had given him a share of the lead along with Tommy Gainey.

The tournament's third 62 had given Matt Every the second-round lead, but Wagner passed him by as Every slid with a 4-over 74 Saturday that included a 4-over front nine and back-to-back double bogeys on the back.

Recap the third-round action from the Greenbrier right here – and also be sure to scroll down to read our previous tournament coverage:

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Update No. 39: 5:51 p.m. EDT

Steven Bowditch bogeys the 18th to settle for a 69 that leaves him 9 under and T-4 alongside Matt Jones and Jordan Spieth.

Matt Every birdies again at the 17th to climb to 5 under, then at the par-3 finishing hole he gets up and down for par and a disappointing 74 that drops him to T-27.

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Update No. 38: 5:25 p.m. EDT

Leader Johnson Wagner gives himself a little breathing room again with a birdie at the last to head to the clubhouse with a 64, good for a two-shot lead at 14 under.

Steven Bowditch pars the 17th to head to the last hole four back and T-3 with Jonas Blixt.

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Update No. 37: 5:17 p.m. EDT

Jonas Blixt finishes with a par for a 67 and is T-3 at 10 under. Steven Bowditch's birdie at the 16th pulls him even with the Swede.

Back-to-back double bogeys at the 13th and 14th drop Matt Every farther down the leaderboard, though the former Florida Gator birdies the 15th to climb back to 4 under for the week

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Update No. 36: 5:05 p.m. EDT

Tommy Gainey, a first-round co-leader with one of three 62s this week, cards back-to-back birdies at Nos. 16-17 to get under par for the day. He's 8 under as he heads to the last.

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Update No. 35: 5:01 p.m. EDT

Jimmy Walker finishes his round par-birdie for the day's second 64, moving to 12 under and within a shot of leader Johnson Wagner. Wagner has carded four straight pars and has two holes to play.

Jonas Blixt is alone in third place at 10 under after a birdie at No. 17.

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Update No. 34: 4:57 p.m. EDT

Leader Johnson Wagner and second-place Jimmy Walker, both 5 under for the day, are among the best of the third round. Gary Woodland set the pace with a 6-under 64 earlier, while Cameron Percy and Nick Watney have carded 65s. There have been half a dozen 66s today: Graham DeLaet, Brad Fritsch, Matt Jones, Troy Matteson, Bryce Molder and Pat Perez.

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Update No. 33: 4:41 p.m. EDT

Leader Johnson Wagner cards two straight pars at Nos. 13-14, as does second-place Jimmy Walker at Nos. 15-16. They remain 13 under and 11 under, respectively, atop the leaderboard.

Jordan Spieth finishes with a par for his third straight 67, and stands T-4 as he heads in.

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Update No. 32: 4:33 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth's third birdie in as many holes comes at the 17th and pushes him to 9 under, T-4 with Jonas Blixt and Matt Jones as Spieth heads to the last. A Texas product, Spieth has a pair of 67s under his belt already this week. Jones finished birdie-par for his second straight 66 and is the leader in the clubhouse.

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Update No. 31: 4:25 p.m. EDT

Jimmy Walker's third straight birdie pulls him back within two of leader Johnson Wagner. On the heels of a second-round 65, Walker is 5 under for the day with four to play. Walker finished T-3 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National in February.

Wagner pars No. 13 to remain 13 under. He's had just one birdie on The Old White TPC's last six holes this week, that one coming yesterday at the par-3 No. 15 yesterday, but no bogeys.

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Update No. 30: 4:17 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth makes back-to-back birdies at Nos. 15-16 and is T-5 at 8 under with two to play.

Matt Every birdies again at No. 11 to climb back to 7 under.

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Update No. 29: 4:04 p.m. EDT

Johnson Wagner's third birdie in four holes, at No. 12, stretches his lead to three shots. Jonas Blixt double-bogeys No. 13, dropping to 8 under and leaving Jimmy Walker alone in second.

Bill Haas signs for a 67 after finishing birdie-par to get to 8 under for the week, good for T-6 as he heads in. Rory Sabbatini does the same, in fact: Birdie-par finish for 67 at 8 under.

Second-round leader Matt Every earns his first birdie of the day at No. 10 to return to 6 under for the tournament, 3 over for the day.

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Update No. 28: 3:56 p.m. EDT

Jimmy Walker birdies his third in four holes to pull to T-2 at 10 under, alongside Jonas Blixt.

Matt Jones gets to 9 under and T-3 with a birdie at the 17th; the Aussie is 4 under for the day.

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Update No. 27: 3:48 p.m. EDT

Jimmy Walker birdies No. 12, his second since making the turn, to improve to 9 under and solo third.

Pat Perez wraps up a 66 with three straight pars to head to the clubhouse T-4 at 8 under. Perez, out of Arizona State, finished T-7 at the Tampa Bay Championship.

• • •

Update No. 26: 3:41 p.m. EDT

Let's take a look at the golfers among the top 30 in the Official World Golf Rankings who played at Greenbrier this week:

  • No. 6 Phil Mickelson: Missed cut (74-68)
  • No. 17 Bubba Watson: T-42 at 4 under after a 69 today
  • No. 19 Webb Simpson: T-48 at 3 under after a 70
  • No. 24 Bill Haas: T-11, 2 under through 16 holes today
  • No. 25 Peter Hanson: T-30, 5 under after a 68 today
  • No. 27 Nick Watney: T-17, 6 under after a 65 today

• • •

Update No. 25: 3:34 p.m. EDT

Leader Johnson Wagner birdies again after making the turn and is two ahead of Jonas Blixt. Bill Lunde bogeys No. 9 and falls to T-3 at 8 under alongside D.H. Lee, who's 3 under today.

• • •

Update No. 24: 3:26 p.m. EDT

Johnson Wagner gets back in front on his own at 11 under with a birdie at the par-4 ninth. He's a shot ahead of Jonas Blixt and Bill Lunde as he makes the turn.

• • •

Update No. 23: 3:16 p.m. EDT

At Nos. 6-7, second-round leader Matt Every bogeys back-to-back holes for the second time today to drop to 5 under, T-30 and five back of the lead.

• • •

Update No. 22: 3:03 p.m. EDT

Johnson Wagner bogeys No. 7 - where Jonas Blixt and Bill Lunde had earlier birdied – pulling the three into a tie for the lead. They're two shots ahead of a group of seven golfers at 8 under.

• • •

Update No. 22: 2:49 p.m. EDT

The T-4 group at 8 under expands to seven: Morgan Hoffmann and Pat Perez are 4 under today through 15 holes, while the others are Steven Bowditch, Russell Henley, Matt Jones, Tag Ridings and Daniel Summerhays.

• • •

Update No. 21: 2:36 p.m. EDT

Leader Johnson Wagner hits his approach at the par-4 fifth to inside 10 feet and makes the birdie putt to improve to 11 under. The Virginia Tech product is a shot ahead of Jonas Blixt, who birdies the seventh to stand alone in second.

• • •

Update No. 20: 2:27 p.m. EDT

Bill Lunde's first birdie of the day moves him to T-2 at 9 under alongside Jonas Blixt and Morgan Hoffmann. Lunde won the 2010 Turning Stone Resort Championship.

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Update No. 19: 2:16 p.m. EDT

Second-round leader Matt Every bogeys the second as well to fall to 7 under, three shots back of leader Johnson Wagner.

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Update No. 18: 2:07 p.m. EDT

With birdies at the first and third holes, Johnson Wagner moves to 10 under and takes the lead outright. Wagner, who finished T-13 at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, is a shot ahead of Jonas Blixt and Morgan Hoffmann.

Matt Every bogeys the first hole to drop to T-4 at 8 under alongside five others. Steven Bowditch bogeys the second to drop to 8 under as well.

• • •

Update No. 17: 2:02 p.m. EDT

Steven Bowditch birdies the first to expand the tie for the lead to five golfers at 9 under. Second-round leader Matt Every finds a greenside bunker at the first.

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Update No. 16: 1:44 p.m. EDT

The tie for the lead at 9 under expands to four as Morgan Hoffmann cards his fifth birdie of the day and Johnson Wagner birdies the first. They're tied with Jonas Blixt and Matt Every, one shot ahead of five other golfers. It seems frequent lead changes are in store for the next few hours.

• • •

Update No. 15: 1:37 p.m. EDT

Jonas Blixt of Sweden birdies his first two holes to move into a share of the lead with Matt Every, who won't tee off for another 15 minutes or so. Blixt, a Florida State product, finished T-11 at the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial.

• • •

Update No. 14: 1:26 p.m. EDT

Morgan Hoffmann birdies again to move to T-2 at 8 under, alongside Jonas Blixt, Kevin Chappell and James Driscoll. Hoffmann is 4 under for the day. Chappell has made three straight pars to go with the trio of birdies that started his round. Driscoll is 2 under through three, and Blixt birdied his first hole.

Leader Matt Every, at 9 under, tees off in just less than half an hour.

• • •

Update No. 13: 1:09 p.m. EDT

At the par-4 7th, Morgan Hoffmann cards his third birdie in five holes to climb to T-8 at 7 under. The Oklahoma State product's best finish this season is a T-5 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

• • •

Update No. 12: 1:01 p.m. EDT

A bogey at the 11th drops Tom Watson to 1 under for the week after he opened 68-69. Next week, Watson will be in the fifth group off at the U.S. Senior Open (see complete tee times here).

Louis Oosthuizen is 2 under through five holes today to rise to T-8 at 7 under.

• • •

Update No. 11: 12:52 p.m. EDT

Kevin Chappell birdies his first three hole to rise into a tie for second at 8 under, one back of leader Matt Every. Chappell finished second at the Memorial.

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Update No. 10: 12:41 p.m. EDT

The lone remaining amateur in the field, Michael Kim closes with a birdie at the 18th to card a 67 that pushes him to 4 under. Kim was honored with the Haskins Award before the start of the tournament.

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Update No. 9: 12:12 p.m. EDT

With the leaders about an hour and a half from teeing off, Brad Fritsch also gets to the clubhouse with a 66 and T-20 at 5 under. Fritsch, who finished T-9 at the Farmers Insurance Open, birdied four of his last 10 holes.

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Update No. 8: 12:04 p.m. EDT

Graham DeLaet finishes birdie-par for a 66 that moves him to T-20 at 5 under. DeLaet had a bogey and five birdies, including three straight on Nos. 11-13.

• • •

Update No. 7: 11:52 a.m. EDT

A bogey on the 18th gives Gary Woodland a 64, good for T-7 at 7 under. Nick Watney has the second-best round of the day so far, a 65 that moves him to T-12 at 6 under.

• • •

Update No. 6: 11:36 a.m. EDT

Gary Woodland eagles the par-5 17th to leap to at tie for second at 8 under as he heads to the last. Woodland's best finish this season is T-16, which he's reached three times including last week's AT&T National.

• • •

Update No. 5: 11:23 a.m. EDT

Troy Matteson cards the first low number of the day, a 66, that got started with seven straight pars and saw its only bogey of the day at the eighth. Matteson then launched into high gear with three birdies in a row at the ninth through 11th, as well as two more at the 13th and 16th. Matteson, who finished T-16 at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, has twice won the Frys.com Open (2006, 09).

• • •

Update No. 4: 11:11 a.m. EDT

Gary Woodland is trying to make the most of "moving day," a birdie at the 15th getting him to 5 under for the round. The Kansas product, who won the 2011 Transitions Championship, follows with a par and is T-11 at 6 under with two to play.

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Update No. 3: 11:02 a.m. EDT

Troy Matteson birdies No. 16 to join Cameron Percy and Gary Woodland at the low mark of the day, 4 under; the three are among 13 golfers T-17 at 5 under.

Charlie Wi has two birdies in his first four holes to climb to T-30 at 4 under.

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Update No. 2: 10:46 a.m. EDT

MIchael Kim birdies No. 9 to rise to 5 under, then bogeys after the turn to return to 4 under. At the par-4 11th, the standout from Cal who earned low-amateur honors at the U.S. Open at Merion hits his approach to inside 10 feet but settles for par and stays at 4 under, T-30.

• • •

Update No. 1: 10:36 a.m. EDT

Graham DeLaet birdies three straight at Nos. 11-13 to get to 3 under for the day, T-29 at 4 under.

Brad Fritsch, Cameron Tringale and Nick Watney are all 2 under for the day, T-41 at 3 under.

• • •

Early risers

Cameron Percy and Gary Woodland are 4 under for the day to rise to T-17 at 5 under for the tournament.

Amateur Michael Kim and Troy Matteson are 3 under for the day to rise to T-29 at 4 under.

• • •

Slow starters

Brad Adamonis is 5 over through 14 holes, dropping to 81st and 4 over. Fabian Gomez is 4 over through 10, dropping to 80th and 3 over.

• • •

Weather conditions

Temperatures will rise to the low 80s this afternoon, according to weather.com, with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms. Winds should be in the low to mid teens.

• • •

Friday's coverage

Daly WDs with elbow injury; out 3-4 months

John Daly withdrew from the Greenbrier Classic with an elbow injury that will require surgery and a three- to four-month layoff.

5 Things: Every in position for first win after 62

It’s a cluster at the top of the leaderboard at The Greenbrier Classic, but a day after Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner fired 8-under 62s, Matt Every’s 62 in the second-round propelled him to the top for a one-shot lead in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

How it happened: Every shoots 62, leads Greenbrier

A day after Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner shot 8-under 62 to take the first-round lead at the Greenbrier Classic, Matt Every fired a 62 to take the 36-hole lead. See how it all unfolded Friday at The Old White TPC.

Third-round tee times and pairings.

Second-round leader Matt Every will play in Saturday's final pairing in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. – see all the groups and tee times here.

• • •

Thursday's coverage

5 Things: With 59 on his mind, Johnson Wagner fires 62 to share lead

At the Greenbrier Classic, Johnson Wagner had a 59 on his mind, but settled with an 8-under 62, while it was the same score for Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey expect with no bogeys. Here are 5 Things from the first-round at Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Saints coach Sean Payton moonlighting as Ryan Palmer's caddie

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is moonlighting this week as Ryan Palmer's caddie at the Greenbrier Classic.

• • •

Preview coverage

Simpson, past champ Stallings among top predictions at Greenbrier

For the first time since the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson will return to action at this week's Greenbrier Classic – yet he's not among our panel's picks to win this week.

Watson names North as Ryder Cup vice captain

Andy North is a two-time U.S. Open champion (1978, ’85), and played in the ’85 Ryder Cup at The Belfry in England. "When you win a couple of U.S. Opens, he knows what it takes to close the deal, and that's what we need on the Ryder Cup team," captain Tom Watson said.

For blue-collar players on Tour, missed cuts weigh heavily

Welcome to the side of the PGA Tour world that doesn't get televised – the painful one, the one devoid of big checks and red numbers. Not much fun is there? "No, not at all," said Brendan Steele. "Absolutely not."

Rude: PGA Tour, PGA offer sensible proposal as compromise

The two organizations pointed out that there is precedent to delay the ban on anchored putting several years for recreational players – in 2008, a similar course was taken regarding new groove configurations on golf clubs.

Tour players' lawyer: No plans to sue over anchoring – yet

Nine players, including Masters champion Adam Scott and Tour winners Carl Pettersson and Tim Clark, have retained Boston lawyer Harry L. Manion since January. The players are now “deciding what action, if any, to take next,” Manion said.

PGA Tour, PGA of America set to enact USGA anchoring ban

While the Tour’s nine-man policy board’s decision July 1 to follow Rule 14-1b was expected, there had been speculation the Tour might disallow anchored putting earlier, such as at the start of the 2015-16 season, in an effort to limit distraction.

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