19 Jan 2009

Johnson holds nerve to claim Sony Open

5:14 pm on 19 January 2009

The American golfer Zach Johnson has held off late challenges by fellow countrymen David Toms and Charles Howell III to win the Sony Open in Hawaii by two shots.

One ahead at the start of a breezy day of sunshine at Waialae Country Club, Johnson birdied four of the last nine holes for a five-under-par 65 and his fifth PGA Tour title.

Although he squandered a three-stroke advantage early in the final round, he responded with timely birdies at the 11th and 14th en route to a 15-under total of 265.

Toms, the 2006 champion, closed with a five-birdie 66 to share second place with Australian Adam Scott, who covered the back nine in five under for a sparkling 64.