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Johnson Wagner

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (37) / 3/23/1980
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 230

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Past champion Johnson Wagner hopes his course history can lead him to success during this week's OHL Classic at Mayakoba.
Wagner and El Camaleón Golf Club hit it off immediately, as Wagner won during his 2011 debut. He's returned five times since, picking up three more paychecks with all of them doubling as top 30s. He's proven his ability to score here with eight rounds of 67 or better. Playing the season on conditional status, Wagner would love to pick up a big chunk of early-season FedExCup Points as starts will be tougher to come by next year. Nov 7 - 7:55 PM

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World No. 277 Johnson Wagner enjoyed a 5-under-par 31-34=65 in the third round of the Wyndham Championship to reach 14-under 196, up four spots on the live leaderboard to solo 5th, two shy of 54-hole clubhouse leader Henrik Stenson.

The Charlotte resident found 10 (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 2.877 strokes approaching-the-green and 3.653 tee-to-green. He's currently No. 1 in SG: Approach with a cumulative 8.616. The 37-year-old squared a lone bogey-5 at 11, outpaced by four birdies at 5, 9, 10 and 15, all from inside of 11 feet, adding a hole-out eagle-2 at 1 from 95 yards away. The Virginia Tech product posted 1.643 putts per GIR and 0.599 SG: Putting, taking 28 total putts. He's projecting at 115th in the FedExCup standings, up 26 places thru 54 holes.
Aug 19 - 6:05 PM

World No. 277 Johnson Wagner spun a 6-under-par 31-33=64 in the second round of the Wyndham Championship to reach 9-under 131, up 29 places on the live leaderboard to T5.

This is the Charlotte resident's ninth Wyndham with two prior top 25s and one top 10, a T5 last year (66-68-65-67). His 64 is his lowest lap in 28 rounds, previously 65 (x2). The Virginia Tech alum arrived at 141st in the FedExCup standings, so needed to make the cut -- at least -- to qualify for the Playoffs. After an opening four-birdie one-bogey 67, he's accomplished that part. The 37-year-old landed seven (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, posting -0.510 SG: Off-the-Tee but 3.675 SG: Approach-the-Green. He squared bogey-5s at 10 and 18 (failed scrambles), offset by three birdie-3s at 8, 13 and 17, eagle-3 at 15 from 29'2", and a hole-out albatross at the par-5 fifth from 214 yards away. Wagner played the two par 5s at Sedgefield CC in 5-under, which has to be/tie some sort of record. He posted 1.538 putts per GIR and 1.633 SG: Putting, taking 26 total putts.
Aug 18 - 1:02 PM

World No. 275 Johnson Wagner authored a bogey-free 2-under-par 35-33=68 in the final round of the Quicken Loans National to finish up on 4-under 276, currently T7 on the leaderboard, and just the second blemish-free lap of the day (Russell Henley, 67). UPDATE: With play completed, Wagner finished T5, his second top 5 of the season.

After opening with 66-71-71, the Virginia Tech product began T9 on 2-under, five adrift of 54-hole leader David Lingmerth. He hit nine (of 14) fairways and 14 greens in regulation, gaining 0.968 strokes off-the-tee but losing 0.615 approaching-the-green. The 36-year-old kicked off with 13 straight pars before circling No. 14 and 16 from 34 inches and 17'3", respectively. He posted 1.857 putts per GIR and 0.378 SG: Putting, taking 30 total putts. This is Wagner's third cash in nine QLN's, brushing aside a previous-best T27 in 2008. It's his third top 25 of the season and should be a second top 10, joining T3 at the season-opener in Napa, California.
Jul 2 - 5:58 PM

World No. 275 Johnson Wagner backed up with a 1-over-par 36-35=71 in the third round of the Quicken Loans National, dropping one spot to T9 on 2-under 208.

The Virginia Tech product landed eight (of 14) fairways and mustered 10 greens in regulation, losing 0.601 strokes off-the-tee and ekeing out 0.053 approaching-the-green. He was birdie-less 3-over thru 12 holes, squaring Nos. 6, 10 and 11 (failed scrambles), but saved some face with back-to-back birdies at 13 and 14. both from inside of seven feet. The 37-year-old posted a commercial 1.800 putts per GIR and 0.004 SG: Putting, needing 29 total putts.
Jul 1 - 7:17 PM

World No. 275 Johnson Wagner patched together a 1-over-par 34-37=71 in the second round of the Quicken Loans National, dropping six places to T8 on 3-under 137, seven short of 36-hole leader David Lingmerth.

Beginning off No. 10 tee, the 37-year-old hit eight (of 14) fairways and 13 greens in regulation, gaining 1.090 strokes off-the-tee and losing 0.451 around-the-green. He was birdie-less 4-over thru 14 holes, squaring 17 (3-putt from 24'8"), 18, 3 and 4 (3-putt from 77'7"), before rallying with a 3-birdie train at 6-8, highlighted by a 40'6" bomb for birdie-3 at 7. The Virginia Tech product posted a pedestrian 1.923 putts per GIR and eked out a 0.271 SG: Putting, needing 32 total putts.
Jun 30 - 7:13 PM

Johnson Wagner wielded a hot putter en route to a 4-under-par 32-34=66 during round one of the Quicken Loans National, joining a four-pack of early co-leaders (Troy Merritt, Marc Leishman, and Sung Kang). UPDATE: Wagner was later overtaken by David Lingmerth who fired a 5-under 65 to take control after day one.

Wagner arrived with missed cuts in six of his last seven individual stroke-play events. He snapped out of that slump last week when he posted a 6-under 64 in R1 of the Travelers Championship to position himself T2 after day one. Wagner would fade to T43 by week's end, but he's off to a similarly hot start this week. The main weapon was the flat stick as he sank five putts from outside eight feet, including a pair from the 20-to-23 foot range. Wagner walked off the course gaining 3.791 strokes putting, good for first in the field at the time he signed his card. If this co-lead holds by end of day, it will be Wagner's seventh career first-round lead. He has converted one of those into a win (2008 Shell Houston Open) while posting top 10s in a pair of others.
Jun 29 - 2:17 PM

World No. 282 Johnson Wagner spun a season-low 6-under-par 31-33=64 in the first round of the Travelers Championship to sit T2, one shy of leader Jordan Spieth.

This is the 37-year-old's 11th Travelers with one prior top 25, a T17 in 2011 where he was T2 thru 36 holes (65-63) fading after rounds of 71-69. He's making his 20th start of the season, entering 140th in the FedExCup standings, and this ties his highest position on the leaderboard after any round. The Virginia Tech product was T2 after Rounds 2 and 3 at the season-opening Safeway, eventually finishing a season-best T3, which is his lone top 10 of the season. He squared a lone bogey-5 at five, offset by seven birdies at Nos. 1, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10 and 18, five from between 10 and 20 feet, kicking off with a pitch-in 3 at the first from 69'3" away. The Texas native hit nine (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, posting 1.500 putts per GIR and 4.750 SG: Putting, currently No. 1 in the latter. His previous low this season was 65/R1 in Napa, though he did shoot 64 two times while teamed with Brian Harman at the Zurich.
Jun 22 - 6:44 PM

Past champ and World No. 231 Johnson Wagner orchestrated a 2-under-par 34-36=70 in the second round of the Shell Houston Open to reach halftime on 5-under 139, up 21 places on the live leaderboard to T9, 11 shots back of clubhouse leader Sung Kang, who shot 63.

This is the Amarillo, Texas, native's 11th consecutive SHO. Among three top 10s are a playoff loss in 2015 and his first (of three) TOUR titles in 2008. The newly minted 37-year-old (Mar. 23rd) opened with a four-birdie one-bogey 70 and chased with three against one in R2. Dating back to the P2 in 2015, that's nine of his last 10 in the red at the Golf Club of Houston. The Virginia Tech product squared the lone bogey at the par-4 10th, outpacing it with circles at Nos. 3, 7 and 12, each from inside of seven feet. He striped all 14 fairways and pelted 16 greens in regulation, gaining 2.903 strokes tee-to-green, though a -0.619 SG: Putting, 32 putts total, and 1.813 putts per GIR.
Mar 31 - 1:33 PM

Johnson Wagner turns his attention to Riviera Country Club in preparation of this week's Genesis Open.

Wagner arrives with a T54 in his latest start, the Farmers Insurance Open. Prior to that he fought through five straight missed cuts after a stellar T3 (Safeway Open) to start the season. It's been a roller-coaster of a season, much like his track record at the Genesis Open. He is 3-for-5 here with a T22 and T24 in 2007 and 2012, respectively. Predicting the week's when Wagner will pop is always a difficult task for gamers but at least he's proven the top-25 upside here at Riviera Country Club.
Feb 14 - 2:14 PM

Johnson Wagner missed the cut in three of four starts during the fall schedule, but his podium finish to start the season still has him 42nd in the FedExCup race.

Wagner ended the 2015-16 season on a high note, collecting a pair of T5s over his last four starts. That momentum carried over into the new season, as he pieced together a T3 at the Safeway Open to kickoff the season. He had two weeks of rest before his next start and the momentum died there. He finished the fall portion of the schedule with three straight missed cuts. Perhaps the holiday break will provide a much-needed rest allowing him to re-group as he seeks his fourth TOUR title with the last win coming at the 2012 Sony Open in Hawaii.
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 01:27:00 PM

Johnson Wagner settled for a 2-under-par 35-35=70 during the final round of the Safeway Open to finish the week in a tie for third place on 16-under 272.

Wagner opened the finale just one stroke off the leader Patton Kizzire but the air got sucked out of his balloon when he missed a 3-foot putt at the par-4 third hole to square an early bogey. His approach shots were finding the green, missing just two GIR, but the proximity and putting just wasn't there. Despite the lackluster finish to his week, this goes in the books as his first podium finish since the Shell Houston Open in April (lost in a playoff). Wagner also collects 133.75 FedExCup Points with this finish, giving him a nice early cushion as the 2016-17 season gets underway.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 09:34:00 PM

Johnson Wagner carved out a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the two-day third round of the Safeway Open to post 14-under 202, maintaining a T2 position on the leaderboard, one back of 54-hole leader Patton Kizzire.

The 36-year-old began the third round (Saturday) in a two-way T2 on 12-under, three in arrears to 36-hole leader Scott Piercy. He's getting progressively worse as the tourney slogs along, carding rounds of 65-67-70. After completing 15 holes in bogey-free 3-under on Saturday, the Texas native was one clear of Kizzire and Piercy on 15-under when play was suspended due to heavy rain. He returned to a 9'6" birdie try at the par-5 16th on Sunday morning but missed, and then ate a two-putt double bogey-6 on 17 before bouncing back with a 43-incher for birdie at the par-5 18th. Wagner's lone blemish in his last 37 holes is the aforementioned double, so he's been pretty steady as he chases his fourth TOUR title in his 264th career start, first since coming from two back in the final round to win the 2012 Sony Open.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016 12:12:00 PM

Johnson Wagner smoothed a bogey-free 5-under-par 32-35=67 in the two-day second round of the Safeway Open to post 12-under 132, good for the 36-hole clubhouse lead and tying the low round thus far with J.J. Spaun and Brandon Hagy. UPDATE: With play completed, Wagner is in a two-way T2, three back of 36-hole leader Scott Piercy.

Spaun and Hagy posted their 67s on Friday, with Wagner returning on Saturday morning with 71 others who were stranded due to darkness. He was 5-under thru 14 holes when the horn sounded and came back to play his final four holes in all pars, failing to birdie either of the two par 5s (holes 16 and 18). The 36-year-old did circle five birdies on 15 greens in regulation, each from between seven and 15 feet, for 1.667 putts per GIR. He's currently pacing the field in the latter with a cumulative 1.500.
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 11:51:00 AM

Johnson Wagner torched the North Course at Silverado Resort and Spa with a 7-under-par 33-32=65 during round one of the Safeway Open, grabbing a very early clubhouse lead with the morning wave still in progress.

Wagner opened on the back nine and got the scoring started early with a 26'5" birdie splash on the par-4 10th. His lone blemish of the opening nine came at the par-4 13th where he found a greenside bunker on approach, leading to a bogey. He offset that bogey with four more circles to make the turn at 4-under 32. Coming home, he added five more birdies and two bogeys, reaching 10 birdies in total. Overall, today's effort was the result of a hot putter as he rolled in five putts from outside 12 feet, three of them from outside 20 feet, gaining 3.074 strokes putting on the day as he walked off the course. Wagner finished T48 in his Silverado debut last year, posting nothing better than a 2-under 70 on the way. He'll need to keep the putter warm if he wants to keep his name in the mix as the week progresses.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 03:00:00 PM