Wagner wins Sony Open in Hawaii|
Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) - Johnson Wagner posted a three-under 67 on
Sunday to come from behind and win the Sony Open in Hawaii, the first full-
field event of the 2012 PGA Tour season.
Wagner finished at 13-under 267 and won by two strokes at Waialae Country
Club. The victory was his third on the PGA Tour after titles at the 2008
Houston Open and last year's Mayakoba Golf Classic.
"I played great. I'm fired up," Wagner said in a televised interview. "I
worked really hard this offseason. I kind of told everybody that I was going
to win early this year. It feels good to do it."
Carl Pettersson (67), Sean O'Hair (67), Harrison Frazar (67) and Charles
Howell III (69) shared second place at minus-11.
Third-round co-leader Matt Every struggled a bit on Sunday and carded a two-
over 72. He tied for sixth place with Michael Thompson (67), Brian Gay (67)
and D.A. Points (69) at 10-under 270.
On a tricky day at Waialae, with tough pin positions, players went down the
leaderboard early. Wagner was among them with a bogey at the opening hole. He
atoned for the error with a 33-footer for birdie at the second.
Wagner found a bunker at the par-four sixth and blasted out to seven feet. His
par save stayed above ground, but just as he did earlier in the round, Wagner
recovered from a bogey, this time with an eight-foot birdie putt at the
Every and Jeff Maggert, the other 54-hole leader, had tumbled and when Wagner
tapped in a short birdie putt at the par-five ninth, he was tied for the lead
at 11-under par.
Wagner rolled in a 11-foot birdie putt at the 10th to take sole possession of
the lead. He never relinquished the top spot on the leaderboard.
"I was surprisingly calm all day," he said on television.
No one got to 12-under par, but Wagner plodded along himself with pars until
the 15th. He sank a 12-footer from just off the green, then pumped his fist in
"That was huge," he admitted. "I thought I might have been tied or one ahead.
I told myself I wasn't looking (at a scoreboard) until I hit it off the 16th
hole. After I hit in the fairway and saw I had two shots, that was huge.
Having a two-shot cushion was nice."
Wagner parred 16 and 17, then had the par-five 18th to finish. He left himself
with 10 feet for birdie, but came up short. Wagner's tiny par tap-in took a
second before it finally fell, but Wagner walked off with the victory.
"Leaving that birdie putt short was pretty pathetic," joked Wagner in his
televised interview. "Knowing I had four from there sure made it easier."
Wagner generated some buzz before he hit the winner's circle and it didn't
have anything to do with his game.
It had to do with his mustache.
"I said last week if I got into the Masters it was going to be around for a
while," joked Wagner. "I guess I hopefully did. If they make me cut it before
I get there, I'll shave it off. Hopefully, they'll be alright with it."
John Rollins fired the low round of the day on Sunday with a six-under 64.
That vaulted him 31 places into a tie for 10th with David Hearn (69) and
Brendon de Jonge (71) at nine-under 271.
Maggert played steady in the beginning of the final round, but four bogeys and
no birdies the rest of the way left him with a 74. He tied for 13th at minus-
NOTES: Wagner tied for ninth last week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions
and with the win on Sunday, moved atop the FedExCup standings, albeit through
two tournaments...Steve Stricker, last week's winner, shot a 74 Sunday and
shared 38th at four-under...Wagner pocketed $990,000 for the victory...Next
week, the PGA Tour heads to the mainland of the United States, as
Jhonattan Vegas defends his title at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta,
California, formerly known as the Bob Hope Classic.
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