Wagner wins Sony Open
Honolulu - American Johnson Wagner recorded his third victory on the USPGA Tour on Sunday by shooting a final round three-under 67 for a two-stroke win at the the $5.5 million Sony Open.
"It feels incredible. I worked really hard this off season and I told everybody that I was going to win early this year. So it feels good to do it," Wagner said.
Wagner was one of half dozen players who had a share of the lead in the final round. His victory qualifies him for the Masters tournament in April.
"I am coming back here so I can buy that plane ticket now and I am in Augusta. I am really excited."
Wagner finished at 13-under 267, with Carl Pettersson, Sean O'Hair, Charles Howell and Harrison Frazar tied for second at 11 under.
Third-round co-leaders Matt Every and Jeff Maggert struggled Sunday with Every shooting a two-over 72 to finish at 10 under while Maggert shot a four-over 74.
Wagner stepped up his play on the back nine all week long, going bogey free on the backside. He also did not make a bogey in his final 12 holes on Sunday.
He began the new season with a tie for ninth at Kapalua and now a win at the Waialae Country Club course, the first full-field event of the 2012 season.
"I started with a bogey today but was surprisingly clam until the 16th or 17th hole and then I got a little nervous coming in," he said. "Coming down stretch here and having a cushion was nice."
Wagner made a bogey on the par-four sixth hole but rebounded with a birdie on the par-three eighth in which he rolled in an eight-foot putt.
He followed that with another birdie on the par-five ninth hole. It marked the fourth-straight day he birdied the hole.
Wagner earned 500 FedExCup points and is now the FedExCup leader after the first two weeks of the season.
LEADING FINAL-ROUND SCORES
267 - Johnson Wagner68-66-66-67-267
269 - Carl Pettersson 65-67-70-67, Sean O'Hair 67-67-68-67, Harrison Frazar 67-68-67-67, Charles Howell III 67-67-66-69
270 - Michael Thompson 70-65-68-67, Brian Gay 69-69-65-67, D.A. Points 68-69-64-69, Matt Every 66-64-68-72
271 - John Rollins 70-68-69-64, David Hearn 66-66-70-69, Brendon de Jonge 71-62-67-71
272 - Chris DiMarco 70-65-70-67, Brendon Todd 68-68-68-68, Chris
Stroud 68-68-67-69, Keegan Bradley 67-67-68-70, Ted Potter, Jr.
68-68-66-70, Jeff Maggert 69-65-64-74
273 - Tadd Fujikawa 69-66-71-67, George McNeill 69-70-66-68, Joe Ogilvie 71-68-66-68, William McGirt 67-67-70-69
274 - Colt Knost 66-71-69-68, Kyle Stanley 66-68-70-70, Will
Claxton 66-69-69-70, John Senden 68-67-68-71,Spencer Levin 67-67-68-72,
275 - Stewart Cink 70-66-71-68, Jerry Kelly 70-66-70-69, Rory Sabbatini 67-71-68-69,
Bud Cauley 66-68-70-71, Kris Blanks 68-66-69-72, Billy Mayfair
68-67-68-72, Graham DeLaet 63-72-68-72, Sang-Moon Bae 68-68-66-73, Duffy
276 - Webb Simpson 66-72-70-68, Chris Kirk 69-70-68-69, Gavin
Coles 69-66-71-70, Josh Teater 69-67-70-70, J.J. Killeen 68-69-69-70,
Corey Pavin 70-67-68-71, K.J. Choi 65-73-67-71, Steve Stricker
277 - Vijay Singh 71-67-71-68, Bobby Gates 68-68-70-71, Tom
Pernice Jr. 69-70-67-71, Daniel Summerhays 69-69-67-72, Jhonattan Vegas
67-71-67-72, Pat Perez 66-67-71-73, Stephen Ames 67-68-67-75