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Tommy Gainey watches his ball as he hits out of the sand trap on the 17th hole during the third round of The Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Saturday.
Saturday, July 6, 2013
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. - Now in its fourth year, The Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC is still a newcomer by PGA Tour standards.
And that could be part of the reason the event's leaderboard sometimes lacks a sizable number of "established" players.
While the tournament may not qualify as star-studded, there were still several notables, including FedEx Cup top-10s Phil Mickelson, Bill Haas and Billy Horschel.
But so far, it's been the lesser-known players such as Matt Every, Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey and third-round leader Johnson Wagner who have come up with the low rounds of the week - each shot 8-under-par 62s.
"When the greens are this receptive - somebody's always going to go low every day," said Jimmy Walker, who enters the final round in second place and has had rounds of 65 and 64. "We've had some really, really big names come here in the last couple of years, and they haven't played very well, which is really surprising.
"But it's a new golf course for everybody basically. ... I think why you see rookies or newcomers play here [well] is because nobody's ever seen it before, and nobody knows what to expect."
Three players - including Wagner and Jimmy Walker - carded 6-under-par 64s for the low round on Saturday.
Walker made his move on the back nine, shooting a 31 going in with birdies on holes 10, 12, 13, 14 and 18.
The third 64 came from Gary Woodland, who finished right on the cut line of 1-under par after two rounds. His round, which included a bogey on the par-3 18th hole, put him at minus 7, moving him up 47 spots in the standings into a tie for 13th.
"I hit it well and gave myself some changes," Woodland said. "I still left some out there - it was obviously tough making bogey on the last - but all in all, I played well today."
Watson slips to 72
After opening the tournament with a pair of under-par rounds, 63-year-old Tom Watson slipped toward the lower half of the standings, shooting a 2-over 72.
"I need to get that putter working a little bit," the eight-time major champion said. "That putter's kind of frustrating me right now."
Fall from the top
Every, who moved to the top of the leaderboard by shooting 62 on Friday, struggled to a 74 on Saturday and dropped into a tie for 27th.
His round included four birdies, four bogeys and back-to-back double bogeys on the back nine.
Michael Kim, the University of California rising junior who was named the national player of the year, is making the most of his sponsor's exemption.
The amateur is at 4-under par after shooting 67 on Saturday and is tied for 41st.
Last month at the U.S. Open, Kim finished tied for 17th.
Wagner and Walker will tee off at 2 p.m. today. Other notable tee times include Haas and Pat Perez at 1:30; former major winners Webb Simpson and Chad Campbell at 10 a.m.; and the other former Hokie in the field - Brendon de Jonge, with Andres Romero at 9:51 a.m.
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