• Sony Open, Round Four

Wagner powers to Sony Open title

ESPN staff
January 15, 2012
Johnson Wagner showed his class to claim victory in Hawaii © Getty Images


Johnson Wagner held his nerve on the back nine to claim victory in the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Wagner began the day two adrift of overnight leaders Matt Every and Jeff Maggert and while the leaders wilted in the breezy conditions, he produced some polished golf to post a 13-under total of 267 and with it his third PGA Tour title.

Things started poorly for Wagner as he opened with a bogey and also dropped a shot at the sixth. But a run of three birdies in four holes around the turn sent him to the top of the leaderboard and he secured some breathing space with a birdie on 15.

Wagner played the whole week without dropping a shot on the back nine and that record helped him get over the line by two shots from Carl Pettersson, Sean O'Hair, Harrison Frazer and Charles Howell III.

It was an afternoon to forget for Maggert and Every at Waialae Country Club as they posted 74 and 72 respectively to drop back into the pack.

US PGA champion Keegan Bradley came up short in his bid for a first win of 2012, as he failed to gain any traction on Sunday and an even-par 70 left him on eight-under for the week.

Steve Stricker's bid for back-to-back titles ended in disappointment, as last week's Tournament of Champions victor carded a four-over 74 which left him tied for 38th at four-under.

Last year's FedEx Cup runner-up Webb Simpson closed with a 68 for a four-under total of 276, the same score as 2010 US Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin.

Greg Owen was the sole British player to make the cut and he finished the tournament on a low note, with a three-over 73 his worst round of the four days and it sent him back to even-par for the week.

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