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Greenbrier Classic 2013: Day 1 Leaderboard Analysis, Highlights and More
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After the first round of play at the 2013 Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner are tied for the lead at eight under par. Both men were unconscious—in a good way—as they produced matching 62s to set the bar high for the rest of the field.

Here's a look at the top of the leaderboard after one round

Click here to see full leaderboard at PGATour.com.

 

Gainey and Wagner on Fire

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The 37-year-old Gainey had eight birdies and no bogeys on the day. His birdies were like animals at Noah's Ark, as they came in pairs. He gained a stroke on the course on the first two holes, eighth and ninth, 10th and 11th and 16th and 17th.

Here, Gainey missed an opportunity to make his great performance even better. He settles for par on the 12th hole after squandering a birdie putt.

Sustaining this level of play is almost impossible, but a great round like this almost ensures Gainey will at least remain in striking distance through the weekend.

Perhaps Wagner should go without his famous mustache more often. Short of his signature whiskers, the 33-year-old kept pace with Gainey.

Wagner's bogey-free day featured seven birdies and an eagle on the 12th hole. Gainey's misstep on the same hole is the biggest reason the two are tied atop the leaderboard.

 

Others Who Played Well

Webb Simpson

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Most of the time, an opening-round six-under 64 is going to be good enough to land a player in the lead, but not on Thursday. Simpson was rock solid, but thanks to Gainey and Wagner's brilliance, Simpson is two shots behind.

Considering he's the most accomplished of the players in the top four spots, he has a good shot of staying in the hunt and possibly winning the tournament.

He stayed away from bogeys through the first round. This nice approach shot and 19-foot birdie putt landed him at two under for the day.

 

Jin Park

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Park came into the tournament having missed the cut in 11 of the 14 events he's played in this year. You wouldn't have known that based on the day he had Thursday.

He sank seven birdies and stumbled to just one bogey to equal Simpson's six-under 64. The biggest challenge for Park will be to maintain on Friday. However, with such a strong performance, he seems at least a lock to play through the weekend.

 

Other Notables

Phil Mickelson

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Lefty didn't have an especially good day on Thursday. He finished with a four-over 74 and sits too far out of contention to be considered a serious threat moving forward.

He would need to catch fire for the next three days and have Gainey, Wagner and others fall dramatically.

 

Davis Love III

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DL3 started the day extremely well. Through 10 holes, he was five under par and poised to post an impressive round. He still managed a very respectable score of 67 to sit at three under par and just five shots behind the leaders.

We'll see if he can stay in contention into the weekend.

 

Tom Watson

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Watson is an ageless wonder on the course. At 63 years old, he is two under par after shooting an opening round of 68. He bogeyed just one hole on the day.

While he may not have the stamina to make a move up the leaderboard over the next three days, Watson's competitive play into his 60s is inspiring.

 

Bill Haas

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The winner of the AT&T National had a decent first round with a two-under 68. After last week's triumph, Haas has to be feeling confident. Though he sits six strokes behind the leaders, the chances Wagner and Gainey maintain their current pace is unlikely.

Steady play should keep Haas relevant through the Friday and possibly in range to capture his second straight tour victory.

 

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