Golf: Blixt wins by 2 strokes at soggy Greenbrier

2013-07-08T00:00:00Z Golf: Blixt wins by 2 strokes at soggy GreenbrierThe Associated Press The Associated Press
July 08, 2013 12:00 am  • 

WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Jonas Blixt shot a 3-under 67 Sunday to win the rain-delayed Greenbrier Classic by two strokes.

The Swede emerged from a five-player chase over the final five holes to pick up the $1.1 million winner's check. Among the perks for his victory are trips to this month's British Open and next year's Masters.

Blixt overcame a four-shot deficit at the start of the final round and finished at 13-under 267. Third-round leader Johnson Wagner (73), Australians Steven Bowditch (68) and Matt Jones (68), and Jimmy Walker (71) tied for second at 11 under.

Blixt went from a tie to a two-shot lead when he made a 9-foot birdie putt on No. 16 to move to 13 under. No other player made a birdie after that. Wagner bogeyed the par-3 15th moments later to fall to 11 under alongside Bowditch and Walker.

Blixt also won the Frys.com Open last year as a tour rookie. But entering the Greenbrier Classic, he hadn't had a top-10 finish yet this season, missing as many cuts as he made.

Blixt was overcome with emotion after watching Wagner and Walker, needing holes-in-one at No. 18, reach the green but well away from the hole.

Defending champion Ted Potter Jr. (67), Pat Perez (69) and Brian Stuard (67) tied for sixth at 9 under.

Wagner 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.

The 54-hole leader has yet to win the Greenbrier Classic, now in its fourth year.

While Bowditch couldn't make up a five-shot deficit, he earned his first top-10 since Pebble Beach in 2011.

Play on the Old White TPC course was halted for three hours due to thunderstorms and the last group finished just after sunset. The tour narrowly avoided going past a Sunday finish for the fourth time this year.

European Tour

SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France - Tied with Richard Sterne of South Africa in the final round of the French Open, Graeme McDowell didn't wilt on the back nine.

The Northern Irishman made two of his five birdies on the way home to shoot a 4-under 67 Sunday and capture his ninth European Tour title by four strokes.

Sterne, by contrast, made three birdies on the front nine before faltering after the turn with three bogeys to hit a 71 and finish runner-up.

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