The PGA Tour's first full field event of the 2012 season didn't disappoint golf fans. The final round at the Sony Open in Hawaii saw six different leaders at one point but it was Johnson Wagner who held it after 72 holes to claim his third career PGA Tour victory.
(Johnson Wagner earned his 3rd career PGA Tour victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Photo: WSAW)
The key to Johnson's victory this week may have been his play on the final twelve holes at Waialae Country Club. He played these holes to near perfection making 16-birdies and two eagles on his way to playing them at 20-under par. The holes proved to be his saving grace as Wagner played the first six holes 7-over par with eight bogies and one birdie.
The win earned Wagner $990,000, 500 FedEx Cup points and a trip to the 2012 Masters in April. It also guarantees he will be back in Hawaii in 2013 for the Hyundai Tournament of Champions and to defend his title at The Sony Open in Hawaii.
Sony Open in Hawaii Notes
Wagner's win was impressive but four other players finished tied for second at 11-under and all had a chance on Sunday to tie Wagner to force a playoff in the final few holes. Harrison Frazer looked like he was on his way to a special Sunday but his birdie on 10 proved to be his last as he made eight consecutive pars to close out his Sunday.
Sean O'Hair took the opposite approach and made three birdies on the final nine to make things interesting. He had an eagle opportunity on the final hole but was just off the mark and settled for a birdie to close out the event.
Carl Petterson, the only non American to crack the top five, played the final six holes at 4-under but a double bogey on the second and a bogey on the proved costly as he came up two strokes short of Wagner.
Charles Howell III made bogies on one and thirteen to lost the two strokes he would have needed to catch Wagner. Howell played the first three rounds at 10-under par but ran out of juice during his final round. Birdies on the 15th and 18th moved him to 11-under and into a tie for second place.