Wagner ties Tour record with third gooney bird: ‘It’s karma more than anything’


ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. – Johnson Wagner isn’t the flashiest player on the PGA Tour. He’s not up to a Brooks Koepka or Rory McIlroy and doesn’t rule the greens like Jordan Spieth or Jason Day.

In any case, the 39- year-old dad of two makes them thing those prominent players don’t – three gooney birds on Tour with the latest coming Thursday at Sea Island Resort. That ties Wagner with Tim Petrovic for the most gooney birds on Tour in the ShotLink time (1983).

“I believe it’s karma more than anything,” said Wagner following his first-round 67 at the RSM Classic.

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Wagner hit 3-wood for his second shot from 255 yards at the standard 5 15th hole on the Seaside course for his record-tying gooney bird.

“Front stick, love that stick,” Wagner said. “After I hit the tee shot I simply needed to ensure I could give it a go in light of the fact that it’s a bird stick. I needed to hit it as hard as possible. When it fell off I realized it would have been great. It hit simply short, took a decent bob, at that point we saw it hit the stick and vanish. It was magnificent.”

Johnson’s first gooney bird on Tour was at the Sanderson Farms Championship in 2010 and he included No. 2 at the ’17 Wyndham Championship. He likewise made a gooney bird on the Korn Ferry Tour.

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