WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. – Jonas Blixt wasn’t having the type of year he had envisioned — until the final round of the Greenbrier Classic.
The 29-year-old Swede shot a 3-under-par 67 Sunday to win the PGA Tour event by two strokes.
Blixt finished at 13-under 267 and earned $1.134 million. He has won twice in 38 starts on the PGA Tour.
“This is what I play for,” Blixt said. “I play to win. It just confirms that if you do the right things, that you work hard, dreams can come true.”
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Among the perks for his victory are a spot in next year’s Masters.
Third-round leader Johnson Wagner (73), Australians Steven Bowditch (68) and Matt Jones (68) and Jimmy Walker (71) tied for second place at 11 under.
Play on the Old White TPC course was halted for about three hours because of thunderstorms. The last group teed off at 5:10 p.m. EDT and finished shortly after sunset. The Tour narrowly avoided going past a Sunday finish for the fourth time this year.
Ex-Washington Husky Richard H. Lee (69) tied for 41st place at 3 under. Andres Gonzales (69) of Olympia tied for 54th at 2 under.
Blixt went from a tie to a two-stroke lead when he made a 9-foot birdie putt on No. 16. No other player made a birdie for the rest of the day. Wagner bogeyed the par-3 15th moments later to fall to 11 under alongside Bowditch and Walker.
Wagner had three bogeys in five holes on the back nine.
“The swing just left,” Wagner said. “I’m furious.”
Entering the Greenbrier Classic, Blixt lacked a top-10 finish this season, missing as many cuts as he made.
He was overcome with emotion after the victory.
“It has just been a hard year,” Blixt said. “My game has not been on.”
• Graeme McDowell of Northern Ireland won the French Open, shooting a 4-under 67 in the final round to win by four strokes in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
McDowell, a nine-time winner on the European Tour, finished at 9-under 275. Richard Sterne of South Africa (71) was second.