Wagner downs Levin to win Mayakoba playoff|
Playa del Carmen, Mexico (Sports Network) - Johnson Wagner parred the first
playoff Sunday to defeat Spencer Levin and win the Mayakoba Golf Classic at
Wagner closed with a four-under 67 to end at 17-under-par 267. He was joined
there by Levin, who fired a six-under 65 in the final round.
The duo returned to the 18th hole for the playoff. Wagner walked off with his
second PGA Tour title thanks to a two-putt par on the first extra hole at El
Camaleon Golf Course.
"I'm just beside myself excited. I've been working really hard, and it's just
nice to see stuff pay off when you work hard, and it shows," said Wagner. "It
makes you want to work even harder."
John Cook closed with a five-under 66 to take third at minus-14, while Chris
Stroud shot 70 to end alone in fourth at 13-under-par 271. Stroud trailed by
one at the start of the round, but fell two back when Levin birdied the fifth
and he never got closer the rest of the way.
With Stroud out of the picture, it came down to Wagner and Levin.
Levin, who was searching for this first PGA Tour title, birdied the first and
second to join Wagner in the lead at 13-under. Levin grabbed the lead with a
birdie on the fifth.
Both Levin and Wagner dropped in back-to-back birdies from the seventh. Levin
made the turn with a one-stroke lead.
They exchanged places on the leaderboard early on the back nine though. Wagner
moved to 16-under thanks to a five-foot birdie putt on the par-four 11th, then
Levin slipped to minus-15 with a bogey on 12.
Levin birdied the par-five 13th to briefly match Wagner at 16-under. However,
Wagner also birdied 13 to regain the lead.
After three straight pars, Levin rolled in a birdie effort at the par-four
17th to forge the tie. He parred the last, then waited for Wagner to finish.
Wagner was unable to break the tie. He parred the final five holes to join
Levin in the playoff.
"I was very nervous. It was an easy putt, but under the circumstances it was
made a little harder," Wagner said of his par putt at 18 in regulation. "I had
a good read, and I just wanted to make the best stroke I could. If it goes in,
great. If not, whatever. And fortunately it went in."
Levin was denied his first tour title, but picked up his best PGA Tour finish.
"Obviously, right this second I'm not very happy, but overall it was a good
week. I'm happy about it," Levin stated. "I hit a bad drive (in the playoff).
That's pretty much it. It's tough when you go in the trap. I hit a bad drive
and a bad third shot."
Rory Sabbatini closed with a five-under 66 to end at 12-under-par 272. He was
joined there by Briny Baird (69), Brian Gay (68), David Toms (67), Jarrod Lyle
(70) and Bobby Gates (70).
NOTES: Wagner earned $666,000 for the win...Cameron Beckman, the 2010 champ,
managed an even-par 71 to end alone in 12th at 10-under 274...Levin shared the
low round of the day honors with Richard S. Johnson...The PGA Tour heads to
Florida next week for The Honda Classic, where Camilo Villegas won last year.
02/27 19:45:21 ET