"I've been playing really good and it's been really frustrating the last three weeks. Last week I missed the cut by one. There was a stretch [today] where I missed four putts inside of 12 feet. It could have been really low.''
Wagner only carded one birdie, one bogey and 16 pars Friday, which was in stark contrast to his sharp opening round of six birdies and an eagle.
"I'm excited,'' he said. "I haven't made a cut in seven tournaments, much less in contention, so it's really nice. I'm sure a bunch of guys up there are kind of in the same position I am, really needing to have some good weeks to extend our years [on the PGA Tour].''
At one point Friday afternoon Gainey was alone in the lead at 10 under after two early birdies on the back nine. He gave those back and then some on the front nine where he clubbed three bogeys. The former water heater plant worker from South Carolina had eight birdies and no bogeys during Thursday's 62.
"For as bad as I swung that was a great round,'' said Gainey. "But that's just the way the game is. That's why it's so crazy and that's why we love it.
"But today was punishment for me because I swung at it terrible. It could have been worse, but you know what? I've got two more days so I'm going to try to get back in the situation [today] and just let it ride.''
Brendon de Jonge, a Virginia Tech alum, and 19-year-old Jordan Spieth were among a group of six at 6-under 134. Kenny Perry, coming off his first major on the Champions Tour, defending Classic titlist Ted Potter Jr., Rory Sabatini and Bill Haas, who lost in a playoff at the Classic in 2011, were bunched with six others at 5-under 135. Scott Stallings, the 2011 Classic winner, was just six shots off the lead at 3-under 137 after Friday's 67.
Other notables who will be sticking around the Greenbrier Valley two more days include Justin Leonard, the 1997 British Open titlist; Davis Love III, last year's Ryder Cup captain; Louis Oosthuizen, who took the British Open in 2010; Bubba Watson, the 2012 Masters champion; and Tom Watson, the eight-time major winner who is The Greenbrier resort's pro emeritus. The 63-year-old Watson was at 3-under 137 after his second straight round under par at 69.
John Daly withdrew with an elbow injury Friday after completing his first three holes.