January 15 2012
HONOLULU -- With the leaders having faded and others unable to go really low in Sunday's final round of the Sony Open in Hawaii, Johnson Wagner did what he's done all week -- rely on his productivity on the back nine.
That was enough to win the third PGA TOUR event of his career, as Wagner pulled away for a two-stroke lead to win the TOUR's first full-field event of the year.
Wagner picked up 500 FedExCup points and is now the FedExCup leader after the first two weeks of the season.
Wagner finished at 13 under, with Carl Pettersson, Sean O'Hair, Charles Howell III and Harrison Frazar tied for second at 11 under.
Third-round co-leaders Matt Every and Jeff Maggert each struggled and were not in the mix for most of the day. Every shot a 2-over 72 to finish at 10 under while Maggert shot a 74.
No player in the field this week has played the back nine better than Johnson. He played it in a collective 14 under and did not suffer a bogey all week on the backside.
On Sunday, he actually heated up a little earlier.
After a bogey at the par-4 sixth, Wagner bounced back with a terrific tee shot at the par-3 eighth. He rolled in the 8-1/2 foot birdie putt. He then birdied the par-5 ninth for the fourth consecutive day to get back into contention.
At that point, however, there were a host of players in the mix. When Harrison Frazar and Keegan Bradley walked off the ninth green, they looked at the leaderboard.
“We think there was 11 people within one shot,” Frazar said. “My caddie and I both laughed. We said, ‘Game on.’ “
“But I guess it didn’t take long for Johnson to make a couple of birdies.”