Johnson Wagner got it going on Saturday on the 7,287-yard Old White TPC, and even when he didn't, the former Virginia Tech golfer made up for it.
Wagner sandwiched his second bogey of the Greenbrier Classic with seven birdies, finishing with one on No. 18, to move to 14-under par and take the lead entering the final round of the fourth annual Classic.
Three birdies in the first six holes were followed by a bogey on No. 7. However, he birdied three of the next four holes to hold a two-stroke head on Jimmy Walker, whose 6-under 64 moved him into second place. Jonas Blixt had a third consecutive 67 or better round and is the only other player at least 10 under through 54 holes.
Wagner's birdie on No. 9 helped him string together 11 consecutive holes of par or better.
"It was a little bit of a right-to-left breaker, I think I pulled it a little bit," Wagner said. "It hung in straight and caught the left edge and went in. I was excited that putt went in because I was in a nasty divot in the fairway and I always love making birdies out of a divot. It's like a challenge I have of making with myself not to get upset that I ball went into a divot."
Wagner was also happy to get the stroke back that he lost on No. 7.
"I hit a really nice shot into 8 and left it short," he said. "I was disappointed I didn't bounce back immediately with a birdie. It was nice to recover from that one bogey going into the back nine."
Walker had a bogey-free round, extending his consecutive holes of par or better to 19 - including three straight birdies (No. 12, No. 13, No. 14) and a 5-under back nine.
The Oklahoma City native was ill, but had a 31 on the final nine holes.
"I was a little under the weather starting yesterday and today but kind of battled through it," he said. "I hit some good shots coming in, had some good looks and some good putts."
There are three players tied for fourth at 9-under with 19-year-old Jordan Spieth, Steven Bowditch and Matt Jones.
The next six spots are six strokes back with Pat Perez, Bill Haas, Rory Sabbatini, D.H. Lee, Tag Ridings and Tommy Gainey.
Second-round leader Matt Every struggled mightily on Saturday, with back-to-back double bogeys on No. 13 and No. 14, and bogeys on No. 1, No. 2, No. 6, and No. 7. He had a bogey-free round on Friday, but shot a 4-over 74.