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Wilson Wins Sony Open

Mark Wilson played steadily down the stretch to win the Sony Open and notch the third victory of his career.

Because Thursday's opening round was washed out by heavy rains that deluged the host course - Waialae Country Club in Honolulu - before the tournament began, the field was forced to play 36 holes Sunday.

In the morning, Wilson took charge with his second 5-under 65 of the tournament. In the afternoon, the 36-year-old from Wisconsin closed with his second 67 of the week for a 16-under total of 264 to win the $5.5 million PGA Tour event.

With the win, Wilson earned $900,000, a two-year exemption and a date at the Masters in April.

On Sunday Wilson carded five birdies in the morning and three more in the afternoon - including a final one on the par-5 closer, with no bogeys over his final 36 holes.

Wilson didn't have a lot of time between rounds Sunday, virtually going from the 18th hole to the first tee for the concluding 18. He was happy with the timing. "It was nice to go right to the tee and not have to think about it," Wilson said, adding, "I'm thankful it's over now."

Tied for second at 14-under 266 were South African Tim Clark, with rounds of 66 and 64, and American Steve Marino (66 and 68).

Starting his last round on No. 10, Clark got hot over his final nine holes - the front nine at Waialae - with four birdies that made things interesting. "This back nine, I kind of got it going there with some iron shots. A few putts would have helped, but very pleased," said Clark, who couldn't quite overcome the eventual winner.

Jimmy Walker (66, 68) ended up in alone in fourth at 13-under 267, while Matt Bettencourt (67, 67) and Matt Kuchar (66, 69) were in fifth at 268.

Second-round co-leaders Stuart Appleby of Australia and Japan's Shigeki Maruyama faded over the final 36 holes, with rounds of 69 and 72, and 70 and 69, respectively. Playing on a sponsor's exemption, Maruyama ended up in a tie for seventh with Roland Thatcher (68, 69), while Appleby was tied for 13th at minus-9.

Photos - Getty


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