Mark Wilson captures Sony Open title


HONOLULU, Hawaii – Despite heavy rains in Hawaii causing the PGA TOUR to postpone all play on Thursday, the Sony Open golf tournament finally concluded on Sunday with Mark Wilson taking the title, finishing two shots ahead of Tim Clark and Steve Marino.

Wilson was in a three-way tie for second after day two at the Waialae Country Club behind the joint leaders Stuart Appleby and Shigeki Maruyama. However, the American fired five birdies for a 65 to move into the lead after the third round with Appleby hitting a 69 for a three-way tie for third and Maruyama only managing a 70 to go joint sixth.

Wilson then hit a 67 in the final round, including three birdies, to finish at 16 under for the week. A mark of Wilson’s consistency was that he did not hit a single bogey in the final two rounds.

Clark made a last-round charge but he had to be content with a 64, including seven birdies and one bogey, for a 14-under-par 26. Marino also had his chances, but a bad break on the 18th hole ended with his eagle putt sliding just past the hole for a 68.

Wilson had two putts for the win, but he needed only one, making the birdie putt from a few feet for his first victory since 2009 in Mexico.

Maruyama completed the competition in a tie for seventh after a final round 69 saw him finish on 11 under while Appleby had a poor evening, hitting three bogeys and just one birdie for a 72. It saw the Australian in a seven-strong tie for 13th with a nine-under-par 271 alongside the likes of England’s Justin Rose, who finished as the leading European.

Meanwhile Graeme McDowell has now moved level with Phil Mickelson in fourth place in the world rankings as both build up to this week’s Abu Dhabi Championship.