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Johnson Wagner wins Sony Open

Johnson Wagner grabbed his third PGA career title and, more importantly, a spot in the Masters Sunday by winning the Sony Open at Waialae on Sunday.

The 31-year-old Texan closed with a 3-under 67 and was bogey-free over the final 12 holes, cementing a two-shot victory that filled the normal shy Wagner with even more confidence about his game and the season ahead.

 “I was definitely telling people to expect something early this year, which is a nice feeling,'' Wagner said. “Usually, my confidence is low. I'm kind of shy in a little shell. And for some reason, I just had way more energy and confidence going into this year.''

Wagner, who finished at 13-under 267, was among six players who held the lead at some point during a frenetic final round’s play, but he was the only guy to stay there and take home the $990,000 winner’s check.

 “I love being out here. There's so many great players,” he said. “But why are they any better? Why are the people in the top 50 better than me? I've always struggled a little bit with believing in myself.”

Harrison Frazar and Carl Pettersson had the best chances of overhauling Wagner, but the former couldn’t do more than par after a birdie on the tenth, and Pettersson’s double bogey at No.2 was too much of a mountain to overcome despite four birdies on the last six holes.

Wagner seized control for good on the 15th with an approach that settled on the fringe about 15 feet away for birdie for a two-shot lead that he never looked like letting slip.

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