January 16, 2012
Wagner tunes in at Sony Open
By IAN HUTCHINSON, QMI Agency
In a tournament in which the lead changed hands regularly, Johnson Wagner had a pleasant walk home in the fourth round of the Sony Open in Hawaii.
As Wagner birdied the par four 15th, Harrison Frazar finished with a par on 18 to give Wagner a two-shot lead, which he held en route to his third PGA Tour win.
The last two RBC Canadian Open champs, Sean O'Hair and Carl Pettersson, and Charles Howell III joined Frazar at 11-under.
At various times throughout the Sony, paradise promised to live up to its name for Canadians kicking off their PGA Tour seasons, but instead of a win, all this trio could produce was optimism for the year ahead.
For Brantford's David Hearn, who led all Canadians on the tour money list last year, his performance at the Waialae Country Club confirmed the promise his career was showing late last year with two top-10 finishes in the Fall Series.
After a pair of 66s in the first two rounds, Hearn was just two shots off the lead and hang around the top of the leaderboard with a third round 70.
Yesterday, he stayed steady by recording a birdie on the par three fourth hole and played par golf until a bogey on the par three 17th put him at even on the day. He birdied 18 to finish four shots back in a tie for 10th at nine-under.
For Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Sask., the Sony was the kickoff to a comeback season after missing 2011 recuperating after surgery to deal with a bulging disc in his back a year ago.
DeLaet, who held the lead after an opening round 63, shot a two-over 72 yesterday, to tie for 29th at five under.
Calgary's Stephen Ames, hoping to bounce back after a disappointing season, was just four shots off the lead going into the final round, but wound up shooting a five over 75 to finish in a tie for 46th at three under.