Wagner wins Mayakoba play-off
Johnson Wagner has beaten Spencer Levin in a play-off to win the US PGA Tour’s Mayakoba Golf Classic.
Johnson Wagner beat Spencer Levin in a play-off on Sunday to win the Mayakoba Golf Classic and pocket his second US PGA Tour title,
Wagner, the 2008 Shell Houston Open winner, shot a closing 4-under 67 that matched Levin’s 17-under 72-hole total at the El Camaleon course in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, and then won the play-off at the first extra hole.
“I haven’t really had time to think about it, but I’m just beside myself excited,” Wagner said. “I’ve been working really hard, and it’s just nice to see stuff pay off when you work hard. It makes you want to work even harder.”
“Obviously, right this second I’m not very happy, but yeah, overall it was a good week,” said Levin who closed with a 65.
Champions Tour player John Cook shot a 66 to finish third at 14 under.
Chris Stroud (70), the second-round leader, was fourth at 13 under, while first-round co-leader David Toms (67), Rory Sabbatini (66) Brian Gay (68), Briny Baird (69), Jarrod Lyle (70) and Bobby Gates (70) were all at 12 under.
Wagner gave nothing away as he posted four birdies ton earned $666,000 in an event played on the same weekend as the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship in Arizona. .
“Unfortunately, it’s opposite the World Match Play, so the only way I would not be here nest year (to defend his title) is if I am in the top 64 in the world,”
“But if I’m 65th, you can dang sure bet I’m going to be here. I’ve loved it and it would actually be sad if I did get to 64 in the world and didn’t get to come back and defend. I’ve loved every minute I’ve been here.”
Wagner, who grew up in Westchester, opened with rounds of 69, 66 and 65 to take a one-stroke lead over Stroud into the final round.
“You have to drive the ball very straight,” Wagner said of the Mexican course. “And you have to hit quality iron shots into the greens. Fortunately, I was in command of my game this week – and got away with some bad shots – on this beautiful conditioned golf course, one of the best we’ll play all year. The fairways were perfect.”
Levin, who has yet to win on the PGA TOUR, birdied five of the first eight holes. He dropped a stroke on 12 but bounced back with birdies at 13 and 17.
He struggled in the playoff though.
“I hit a bad drive (on the par-4 18th) That’s pretty much it,” Levin said. “It’s tough when you go in the trap. I hit a bad drive and a bad third shot.”
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