Johnson Wagner worked so well in the off-season that he felt that he was going to deliver early this year and told it to his friends. His hunch was right – he defeated his rivals to claim the Sony Open title on Sunday.
Wagner, 31 did not make any bogeys on the last twelve holes, whoch was enough to demolish the other contenders, finish with a 3-under 67 and win the title.
Johnson and five other players had the lead at some point in the final round. However, he was the only player to retain the lead as he beat America’s Sean O’Hair, Charles Howell III and Harrison Frazar and Sweden’s Carl Pettersson by two shots.
O’Hair shot a 67 after missing an eagle putt on the final hole from 30 feet. Howell shared the lead with Wagner until they came to the par-5 ninth and he made a three-putt par. Frazar’s birdie on the tenth hole brought him the lead but he had no such luck for the rest of the round and had to settle for a 67. Pettersson’s four birdies did not help him to overcome a double bogey on the second hole as he closed with a 67.
All of them moved into joint-second place behind Wagner, who never made a mistake.
Before the tournament, Wagner finished in the top 20 just seven times in 139 events, including two wins. He played only in two major tournaments and never qualified for the Tour Championship.
But with the Sony Open victory, his Tour privileges automatically extended through 2014. And with such a good start to the year, who knows what will follow next.