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The Tour Report

January 16 2012

4:18 AM

Quick quotes from the winner

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Stan Badz/PGA TOUR
Johnson Wagner won the third TOUR event of his career Sunday at Waialae.
HONOLULU – Here are a few post-round comments from Johnson Wagner, Sunday’s winner of the Sony Open in Hawaii:

> WHEN HE FELT LIKE HE HAD TAKEN CONTROL OF THE TOURNAMENT: “When I birdied 9 and 10, really when I birdied 9, I made a really nice up‑and‑down out of the bunker and pretty much a tap‑in. But I guess on Sundays, nothing is really a tap‑in and the nerves get out there.  But I birdied 9. Knew I was tied for the lead and I just figured I had played the back nine so well, and I kind of figured it was at least mine and Charles Howell's too lose because we were pretty neck‑and‑neck there on the front, and I felt like it was going to come down to us.”

> WHY HE WAS SO SUCCESSFUL ON THE BACK NINE THIS WEEK: “The tee shots set up a little better for me on the back nine. I don't think in five Sony Opens, I can honestly say, I don't think I've ever hit the first fairway. So I just can't find the fairways on the front nine like I can on the back. And I drove it really well all week on the back nine and left myself a lot of birdie putts, and really I didn't have too many opportunities to even make birdie.”

> WHY HE THOUGHT HE WOULD WIN EARLY THIS YEAR: “I worked hard. I'm not saying I worked harder than anybody because guys work incredibly hard out here. But I worked harder this off‑season, me personally than I've ever even dreamed of. I was working out three days a week at home, made three trips to Florida to go see my coach and we just had incredible weather in Charlotte. I love golf, I love playing, I golf competing and trying to win tournaments. So I worked really hard this off‑season. “

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