As the light of the day was all but gone, Jonas Blixt was smiling from ear to ear as held the trophy as the champion of the Greenbrier Classic. After a season filled with inconsistent play and unpredictable results, Blixt was still struggling as he fought his way back into contention at the Old White TPC. “I didn’t know where my golf ball was going,” he said. “I was terrible.” Considering he was having such difficult with his swing he was remarkably consistent, shooting 66 – 67 – 67 – 67 over the four days in West Virginia for his second career PGA Tour victory.
He dealt with weather delays and impending darkness by navigating a roller coaster back nine where he carded four birdies and two bogeys. In the end, he was two shots clear of a group of golfers that included third round leader Johnson Wagner. The victory moves him all the way to 39th in the FedEx Cup standings and to 51st in the official world golf rankings. Not too shabby for a guy that has missed eight cuts in 17 events this year.
“It’s just been a hard year,” Blixt said. “I just haven’t played that well and it just feels really weird, missing the cut last week and I felt like the ball was going everywhere, trying to find some stuff going into this week and kept working on it, never really felt that I got that slot in my swing where I can just rip at it.” In the game of golf it doesn’t matter how poorly you’ve played in the past, if you can get everything clicking for a few rounds, you are going to in position to win more often than not.