Wilson wins Sunday marathon in Hawaii|
Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) - Mark Wilson posted a steady, three-under 67 in
the final round Sunday to win the Sony Open in Hawaii by two strokes.
Wilson, who had just four birdie chances inside 20 feet in the final round,
finished at 16-under-par 264. He won for the third time on the PGA Tour.
"It was good that we just kept going. I thought I was playing well and shot 65
in the morning. It was nice to just go right to the tee and not have to think
about it at all," Wilson said in a television interview of the quick
turnaround from the third to fourth rounds.
"I'm just thankful it's over now."
Steve Marino had an eagle chance on the 18th that could have gotten him to 15-
under, but he two-putted for birdie to end two back at minus-14. Marino, who
shot two-under 68, shared second place with Tim Clark, who closed with a six-
Jimmy Walker took fourth at 13-under-par 267 after a final-round 67 at Waialae
After Thursday's play was washed, officials were forced to have a 36-hole
final day in part because next week's PGA Tour event, the Bob Hope Classic,
starts on Wednesday.
With the 36-hole final day, the cut was the closest number to 60, which turned
out to be 56. The 27 players that made the cut, but did not play the final two
rounds earned official money.
Wilson entered the final round one stroke clear of Marino. Those two played
the final two rounds together in the penultimate group.
The 36-year-old Wilson opened with three straight pars before converting a
six-footer for birdie on No. 4. That pushed his lead to two strokes and he was
at least that far ahead until Clark got within one when Wilson was on No. 14.
Wilson two-putted for par on three straight holes from the sixth. He scrambled
for par at the eighth and followed with a seven-foot birdie on No. 9.
Around the turn, it was more of the same. On the first eight holes of the back
nine, he two-putted for par six times. He got up and down for par on the other
two holes. Both times he missed the green, Wilson managed to save par from
"I didn't know what was going on," Wilson said of his crucial par-save from a
bunker at 17. "I was trying not to look at leaderboards. I did see a few of
them and knew I was leading, but I was more worried about Marino after he made
those birdies on 15 and 16."
At the par-five 18th, Wilson played his second within 25 yards of the green.
He pitched to four feet. After Marino made his birdie to join Clark at 14-
under, Wilson rolled in his birdie chance to close out a bogey-free final day
and win by two.
Marino had eight pars and two bogeys through 10 holes. After a birdie on the
11th, he converted three birdies in the last four holes to share second.
Clark, who started the day four strokes back, followed his third-round 66 with
a closing 64. Starting on the back nine in the final round, Clark had two
birdies and a bogey in the first five holes.
The South African birdied the 18th to make the turn at 10-under. Clark birdied
the second, then collected three birdies in a four-hole stretch from the sixth
to put pressure on Wilson.
"Going into today, I was well back, but I kind of figured if you could get it
going around here, I might still have a chance even though we're on different
nines and whatnot," Clark stated. "This (last) nine, I kind of got it going
there with some iron shots. A few putts would have helped, but I'm very
Matt Kuchar (69) and Matt Bettencourt (67) shared fifth place at 12-under-par
268. Roland Thatcher and Shigeki Maruyama both closed with 69s to share
seventh place at minus-11.
NOTES: Ryan Palmer, the 2010 champion, shot 70-73 on Sunday to finish alone in
52nd place at even-par 280...Maruyama was playing on a sponsors exemption and
posted his first top-10 finish since the 2009 Pebble Beach Pro-Am...Bill Haas
will defend his title next week at the Bob Hope Classic.
01/17 01:06:01 ET