Jonas Blixt Pulls Out First Win at Frys.Com Open

Jim Cowsert-USPresswire

Jonas Blixt (pictured) birdied two of the last four holes to win the Open by one shot on Sunday afternoon. This is the Swede’s first win on Tour and followed a third place finish in the JT Shriners Open last week.

Blixt studied in the United States and made the country his home. He was supported last week by friends and relatives who are on vacation from Sweden and they were clearly delighted when Blixt two putted the last hole to clinch the win.

He is now 35th in the Money List and probably aware that the top 30 in the standings at the end of the Fall Series in two weeks time receive an invite to next year’s Masters. That means Blixt may well compete again before the end of the season and another top 10 finish would earn him a place at Augusta next April.

Other highlights from the tournament:

Tim Petrovic had set the clubhouse target at 15 under but with several players on the course still to play a reachable par five and drivable par four that total looked under threat. Eventually only Blixt could post a better score as a number of contenders faltered and came up just short.

Jimmy Walker returned the low round of the day and his 9 under par 62 at one stage looked like getting him into a play-off at the very least. A bogey on his 17th hole proved costly and eventually he finished two shots off the pace.

John Mallinger had a two shot lead ahead of the final round on Sunday. He made five bogeys on the front nine which seemed to end his chances. However a further bogey coming in was offset by three birdies in four holes and he was also just two shots behind Blixt at the close of play.

Jason Kokrak’s joint second place finish earned him a decent check which helped him move to 117 in the Money List. The top 125 in the standings retain their card for next year. KoKrak still has some work to do to keep his playing privileges for 2013 as other players below him will be determined to avoid Qualifying School and being reliant on sponsors invites next season.