FORMER PGA Tour regular Brad Adamonis took the tough road to the Greenbrier Classic, while his wife, daughter and son traveled the long one.
Shortly after Adamonis finished a 2-under 68 first round in the Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC on Thursday, he met his wife Stacey, 7-year-old daughter Grace and 6-year-old son Nicholas, who traveled by car more than 900 miles from Coral Springs, Fla., to meet Brad.
Adamonis, a native of Rhode Island and a 1996 graduate of Miami (Ohio), had four birdies and no bogeys in his first five holes, but stumbled with bogeys on No. 6 and No. 7.
"I got off to a really good start, made a lot of birdies and had a couple of unfortunate shots on the last couple holes, but I played good all in all," said Adamonis, flanked by his children.
His day was made better when his family arrived around 2 p.m.
"That's great," he said. "When I played on the tour, they were so young they didn't remember, but now he plays some golf and she hits some shots here and there. It's nice, now they can watch me play and understand a little more."
The expected cut of the low 70 scores plus ties is expected to be around 2-under par, so Adamonis is right on target to play on the weekend in a PGA Tour event for the first time since finishing in a tie for 68th in the 2010 Travelers Championship.
He wants to finish in the top 10 to assure a spot in next week's John Deere Classic in Silvis, Ill.
"Hopefully, I can put on a good show, play some good golf the rest of the way and, at the very worst, so we can get to the John Deere. That's where I had my best tour finish. They have some cool digs there. The kids can go on the John Deere tractors."
If not, it's off to Utah for the Web.com Utah Championship and it's off to Rhode Island for the family.
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DURING HIS time on the Nationwide Tour, Adamonis played in the National Mining Association Pete Dye Classic in Bridgeport three times (2004, '06, '07), making one cut when he finished in a tie for 37th in 2007.
The 40-year-old Adamonis has struggled so far this year, missing the cut in four of his five events on the Web.com Tour and his first visit on the PGA Tour at the Farmers Insurance Open in January.
He finished in a tie for 47th at the PGA Tour's Brasil Classic on April 7, earning him $2,450.25.
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JOHNSON WAGNER shot an 8-under 62 to tie for the first-round lead at the Greenbrier Classic on Thursday, sharing the top with Tommy "Two Gloves" Gainey.
Wagner, known for his bushy moustache, chopped it off last August, but let it grow back.
Well, he shaved it again.
Don't expect it to stay away for long.
"It'll definitely come back at some point," he said. "I love irritating my wife. We just celebrated our seventh anniversary on Monday. I didn't get her a gift, so I thought maybe surprising her with a clean lip would suffice."
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