Blixt Mounts Late Charge For Victory At Greenbrier

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.VA | A lengthy storm delay Sunday left the contenders at the Greenbrier Classic chasing a trophy while hustling to beat the encroaching darkness. In the end, Sweden’s Jonas Blixt won the sprint. Making his Greenbrier debut, the 29-year-old Tour sophomore earned his second victory in the big leagues with a 3-under-par 67 on the Old White TPC course. With a five-birdie, two-bogey performance, Blixt surged past third-round leader Johnson Wagner, who led for much of the day before stumbling down the stretch. With his 13-under 267 total, Blixt finished two strokes ahead of Wagner (final-round 73), Jimmy Walker (71), Steven Bowditch (68) and Matt Jones (68). Defending champion Ted Potter Jr. (67) shared sixth place at 9 under with Brian Stuard (67) and Pat Perez (69). Winner of the 2012 Frys.com Open in only his 19th Tour start, Blixt came to West Virginia without a top-10 finish this season. Having missed eight cuts in 16 starts, he left with a check for $1.13 million and, among other perks, an invitation to his first Masters next April. “So many dreams come true,” the former Florida State golfer said Sunday night as he battled back tears. “I mean, one week and the whole year kind of turns around.” After the three-hour, 10-minute delay, the last twosome of Wagner and Walker teed off at 5:08 p.m. EDT. After turning in even-par 34, Wagner led by one at 14 under ahead of Blixt, who had birdied Nos. 5, 9 and 10 after starting four back. But Wagner, who had entered the tournament with six missed cuts and a withdrawal in his past seven starts, soon unraveled, making bogeys at Nos. 11, 13 and 15. The last bogey dropped him out of a tie with Blixt for the lead, and moments later Blixt drained a nine-foot birdie putt at 16 to move ahead by two. Blixt credited the victory in part to a great range session the evening before the final round. And despite a lackluster last nine, Wagner appeared to have rediscovered his confidence at the Greenbrier, not far from where he played his college golf at Virginia Tech.


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