• Greenbrier Classic, Round Three

Wagner leads by two after 64

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Johnson Wagner hopes to see out the win at the Greenbrier Classic to end a miserable run of form © Getty Images
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Greenbrier Classic leaderboard

Johnson Wagner shot a round of the day 64 to surge into the 54-hole lead at the Greenbrier Classic.

Wagner has been horrendously out of form this year, missing 11 out of 18 cuts - including six MCs and a withdrawal in his last seven events.

But rounds of 62, 70 and 64 see the popular American lead compatriot Jimmy Walker - who carded the same score on day three - by two at 14-under par.

Wagner Wagner birdied the first, third and fifth to race to the top of the leaderboard, before a bogey at the par-four seventh briefly halted his charge. But further birdies at nine, ten, 12 and 18 edged him clear of his rivals.

"Today my goal was to go out and make as many birdies as I could, and I did that," said Wagner after sinking a 12-foot birdie putt at the par-three 18th. "Now I've got to take the same attitude into Sunday."

Jonas Blixt flies the European flag after a second successive 67 leaves the Swede well within touching distance at ten-under, with 18 holes to play at the Old White TPC in Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Elsewhere, in-form teenager Jordan Spieth (67) is part of a trio at nine-under, alongside Australians Matt Jones (66) and Steven Bowditch (69), while Americans Pat Perez (66), Bill Haas (67), Tag Ridings (68) and Tommy Gainey (69) are a shot further back, where they are joined by South Africa's Rory Sabbatini (67) and Korean Dong-hwan Lee (68).

An even par 70 keeps Englishman Brian Davis at five-under par, where he is joined by compatriot Greg Owen, who carded a two-over 72. The duo are alongside overnight leader Matt Every , who had a day to forget with a four-over 74.

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