Jonas Blixt overcame a three-hour rain delay and a four shot deficit at the Greenbrier Classic on Sunday and fired a final round 67 to win at Old White TPC by two strokes. Third round leaders, Johnson Wagner and fellow Texan, Jimmy Walker couldn’t seem to find the speed of the greens after the delay. The 29 year-old Blixt from Nassjo, Sweden picked up the second win of the year, and most significant of his career.
Blixt won the Frys.com last fall, but the silly season tournament doesn’t pay many points, money or prestige. The win at Greenbrier will most fortunately provide the perks for a legitimate PGA Tour victory. The young Florida State Grad will now have access to world events including an invitation to Augusta next spring, the Players Championship, and The PGA Championship this year. He will be on an alternate list for this year’s Open Championship at Muirfield.
The victory at White Sulphur Springs on Sunday will also vault the young Swede into 39th place on the FedEx Cup list,giving him access to the playoffs which start after the PGA Championship in late August.
Blixt was on the second hole Sunday when the horn blew for the three-hour rain delay. There were doubts that the final round would be able to finish on Sunday afternoon. All of the players sensed the need to get done, and played at a fairly rapid pace when play resumed around five Eastern time. Play finished just ahead of darkness around 8:30.
Third round leader, and tournament favorite, Johnson Wagner fell apart on Sunday, shooting two over 73 . He couldn’t match the seven birdies he had in the third round on his way to a 64. He bogeyed three holes in a five-hole stretch on the back nine and never recovered.
I love it when newcomers win for the first time on the PGA Tour. The win gives them status on the Tour, and completely changes their lives. We have had many first-time winners this season, and although it doesn’t do much for ratings it is great for the game as it tries to identify the new talent available before the greats retire. The next generation of champions.
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