He climbed 100 places Sunday, and regained a lot confidence. He didn't see it coming, though.
"Nope, not at all," he said. "I played really well in the Crowne Plaza and the Scandinavian Masters, really excited about that part. Took a week and a half off and came back and worked with my coach."
And he had a good range session with a caddie who used to be a swing coach, Bill Harkey. And he also worked with his coach with video transmitted by cell phone. "Luckily, we've got technology that enables us to do it."
Wagner continued the Classic trend of the 54-hole leader fading on Sunday. After doing well to go even on the front nine, he bogeyed three holes on the back for a 39, giving him a 73 for the day.
He three-putted out of the "whirlpool" on the second, hit his drive way right on the 11th, three-putted on the 13th and suffered his disaster on the 15th. He didn't give himself a chance to make birdies on the next two holes, missing the fairway on both drives.
The 73 offset his first-round 62 and third-round 64. Playing before a sizable following of Virginia Tech fans, he admitted that he let nerves get the best of him - despite owning three Tour wins.
"A little bit earlier with the putter; I never got comfortable with it," he said. "The rains slowed the greens down, and I should have adjusted quicker than I did. I just don't think I had the confidence today. I thought I could swing it pretty good early. On 15, it just went away. After that bogey, my swing just left.
"I'm furious, I'm pissed, but given where I was a couple of weeks ago, I'll take a lot of positives once I get over this disappointment."
Walker earned his third top-5 Classic finish, but wanted a lot more than his final-round 71. He had 15 pars and one bogey, but gave strokes back on Nos. 3 and 10. On the third, he took two putts to escape the "Valley of Sin," the big dip that cuts the large green in two.
The change in the greens, which started the day the hardest they've been all week, contributed.
"The golf course softened up a little bit after the rain and I think I just struggled a little bit with the speed," Walker said. "Left a few putts short and I think that was the difference."
Bowditch shot a 68, but wasn't in the picture after his bogey on the 13th. Jones, whose six-birdie binge Friday saved him from missing the cut, also shot a 68, but didn't get to 11 under until the 17th, a hole after Blixt's pivotal birdie.
2012 Greenbrier champion Ted Potter Jr. slipped into a tie for sixth place with Brian Stuard and Pat Perez. There was an eight-way tie for ninth - Daniel Summerhays, David Love III, David Lingmerth, Tim Petrovic, Tag Ridings, Rory Sabbatini, D.H. Lee and Bill Haas.
2011 Greenbrier champion Scott Stalling sneaked into the top 25, while Bubba Watson shot his third straight 69 to finish 30th. Tom Watson had a 67 to finish 36th.
And finally, Luke List finished 62nd but recorded the tournament's first hole in one, on the 228-yard eighth hole.
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