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Golf Australia Express : Issue 21
MARKWILSON is the reigning Humana Challenge champion. Recovering from a sluggish start the 37-year-old finished two shots ahead of his nearest rivals at PGA West’s Palmer Course in La Quinta to earn his fifth PGA title. With scoring hot all-week the American coolly sunk a 10-foot birdie at the final green to close the event at 24-under. “It feels good, obviously, here with the trophy,” he said. “The day went not as planned, really. I guess it really never does. It just came down to 18.” The win was his third in 12 months and earned him more than $1 million and a place in the world top 40. STEVE STRICKER’S win at the Tournament of Champions—his ninth since turning 40— reminds all that golf in 2012 won’t only be a game for the twenty-somethings. The 44-year-old secured his twelfth PGA Tour title with a three-shot win over Martin Laird after a closing 4-under 69 and 23-under event total at Kapalua’s Plantation Course. “It was tough,” Stricker said after the final round. “I never let up today. It’s always tough trying to win, and it’s even more tough when you have a lead like I did. I’m very proud of what I did today.” He won $1.12 million and moved to No.5 in the world. OTG A‘NEW LOOK’ Johnson Wagner claimed his third PGA title with a two-shot win at the Sony Open. The 31-year-old American and now Magnum PI doppelganger spent the off-season working on improving his fitness. The hard work paid off aND he closed the event with a steady 13-under event total at the tight Waialae Country Club layout. “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.” TTHEFARMERS Insurance Open will be remembered more for a Kyle Stanley meltdown than a Brandt Snedeker come-from-behind win. While the latter stormed home at Torrey Pines with a superb final round 5-under 67 around Torrey Pines to finish at 16-under, it was Stanley’s dramatic triple bogey 8 at the 72nd that had tongues wagging. Snedeker sat in outright second place and was heading to the press tent for a runner-up interview when the drama began to unfold. Stanley’s collapse forced a playoff with Snedeker, who prevailed after two holes. “It’s just crazy,” a surprised Snedeker said after the win. “To get my mind around what happened the last 30 minutes is pretty hard to do right now. My heart is out to Kyle. I feel bad for him to have to go through this.” Fellow American John Rollins finished third at 14-under. Snedeker took home $1.08 million and moved to No. 15 in the world rankings. OTG IN CASE YOU MISSED THE START OF THE PGA TOUR SEASON... WRAP JAN ULTIMATE KYLE-APSE FINAL STANDINGS 1 BRANDT SNEDEKER USA -16 $ 1,080,000 2 KYLE STANLEY USA -16 $ 648,000 3 JOHN ROLLINS USA -14 $ 408,000 T4 BILL HAAS USA -12 $ 264,000 T4 CAMERON TRINGALE USA -12 $ 264,000 T6 HUNTER MAHAN USA -11 $ 208,500 T6 JOHN HUH USA -11 $ 208,500 T8 JIMMY WALKER USA -10 $ 162,000 T8 MARTIN FLORES USA -10 $ 162,000 T8 JUSTIN LEONARD USA -10 $ 162,000 T8 ROD PAMPLING AUS -10 $ 162,000 T8 D.A . POINTS USA -10 $ 162,000 Farmers Insurance Open, Torrey Pines, California, USA, Jan 26-29 Humana Challenge, PGA West course, La Quinta, California, USA, Jan 19-22 Hyundai Tournament of Champions, Kapalua, Hawaii, USA, Jan 6-9 Sony Open, Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, Jan 12-15