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Late birdies propel Blixt to first PGA Tour victory

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Jonas Blixt was tied for the lead last week entering the final round of the Justin Timberlake Shriners for Children Hospital Open in Las Vegas. But the PGA Tour rookie failed to go low in Sunday; he shot a final-round 70 to finish in third place, four shots behind tournament winner Ryan Moore.

“I got a little too cute with some shots and wasn’t aggressive enough,” Blixt said.

Blixt learned from his mistakes this week at the Frys.com Open, shooting a 3-under 68 in the final round to finish at 16-under and win for the first time on the Tour.

The 28-year-old Swede finished one shot ahead of Tim Petrovic and Jason Kokrak, who shot rounds of 64 and 68 respectively to put themselves in contention. Playing in the final group, Blixt finished with birdies on Nos. 16 and 17 and buried a clutch 4-foot par putt on No. 18 to seal the deal.

Blixt was one of four players in the field with all four rounds in the 60s at CordeValle Golf Club. The 2011 graduate of the Web.com Tour also went all four rounds without a 3-putt, extending his streak of holes without a 3-putt to 243.

Blixt became the eighth Swedish player to win on the PGA Tour, joining Jesper Parnevik, Carl Pettersson, Gabriel Hjerstedt, Daniel Chopra, Henrik Stenson, Mathias Gronberg and Richard S. Johnson. With the victory, he moved to No. 35 on the Tour’s money list, and is fully exempt through the end of the 2014 PGA Tour season. Blixt, who has never played in a major, also earns a trip to the 2013 PGA Championship.

Equipment Notes

Blixt wears custom “Tomato red” Puma Cell Fusion Ice golf shoes. Like fellow Cobra-Puma staffer Rickie Fowler, his shoes are a tribute to his alma mater. Blixt attended Florida State University where he was a two-time All American for the red and gold.

Winner’s WITB

Driver: Cobra ZL Encore (Black), 8.5 degrees set in neutral, UST Attas T2 6X shaft (69 grams, 3.4 degrees of torque)

Fairway: TaylorMade Rocketballz (15 degree) with Graphite Design Tour AD

Hybrid: Cobra Baffler T-Rail 2H (18 degree) with Graphite Design DI 105X

Irons: Cobra S3 Forged (3-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100

Wedges: Callaway X Forged (52, 60) with True Temper Dynamic Gold S400

Putter: Yes! Donna 2

Ball: Titleist ProV1X

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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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  1. tlmck

    Oct 17, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Wonder what the face angle is? Their web site does not say. This one looks kind of closed to me.

  2. tlmck

    Oct 17, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I knew this kid had to win sooner or later.

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REPORT: Tiger Woods to play in the Genesis Open on Feb 15

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Last season, Tiger Woods withdrew from a press conference at the Genesis Open due to back spasms. This season, Woods will reportedly play in the 2018 Genesis Open at Riviera C.C. in Pacific Palisades, California from February 15-18.

By withdrawing from the 2017 Genesis Open — an event which his Tiger Woods Foundation hosts — Woods ensured that a promising comeback was not to be. At the start of 2017, Woods committed to play in the Farmers Insurance Open, the Omega Dubai Desert Classic, the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic… an aggressive schedule for Woods, who hadn’t played much competitive golf in the previous year due to back injuries and surgeries. Things didn’t go as planned, however, as Woods missed the cut at the Farmers, withdrew after an opening-round 77 in Dubai, and withdrew from the Genesis Open and the Honda.

Since then, Woods has had spinal fusion surgery, and he recently finished T9 at the 18-player 2017 Hero World Challenge. It was there he showed the golfing world — and probably himself, too — that he can still compete among the world’s best golfers when he’s healthy.

At the Hero World Challenge, Woods was consistently hitting 179 mph of ball speed off the tee with his driver, and despite some early concerns with the wedge, he showed prowess around and on the greens. He was yip-less, fast, healthy, and finished 8-under through four rounds. A Tiger Woods comeback seems more plausible now than it has in three years.

Woods will continue to test his game at the 2017 Genesis Open — a start that will come 26 years after competing as a 16-year-old amateur in the 1992 Nissan Open at Riviera. Much like 26 years ago, Woods comes to Riviera as a golfer who needs to prove himself… it’s just that this time around, he has 14 majors and 79 PGA Tour wins to his name.

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 PNC Father/Son Challenge at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Florida.

The 20-team field includes some of the game’s legendary major champions, and their sons. Notable teams include John Daly/Little John Daly, Nick Faldo/Matthew Faldo, Tom Kite/David Kite, Bernhard Langer/Jason Langer, Greg Norman/Greg Norman Jr., Jack Nicklaus/Gary Nicklaus Jr., and Lee Trevino/Daniel Trevino.  The teams will compete in a scramble format over 36 holes to decide the winners of the Willie Park Trophy.

Last year, David Duval and his step-son Nick Karavites took home the trophy, and they are back in the field this year to defend.

Check out our photos below from this year’s event!

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Friday’s Photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2017 QBE Shootout at Tiburon G.C. in Naples, Florida. Formerly known as the Franklin Templeton Shootout, or the Shark Shootout, the unofficial event plays host to 24 of some of the world’s best golfers, competing in a two-person team competition. The format calls for 54 holes; first-round scramble, second-round modified alternate shot, and third-round fourball (or better ball).

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Here is a list of the teams:

  • Daniel Berger-Gary Woodland
  • Keegan Bradley-Brendan Steele
  • Kevin Chappell-Kevin Kisner
  • Jason Dufner-Billy Horschel
  • Harris English-Matt Kuchar
  • Tony Finau-Lexi Thompson
  • Brian Harman-Pat Perez
  • Russell Henley-Kyle Stanley
  • Charley-Hoffman-Zach Johnson
  • Shane Lowry-Graeme McDowell
  • Brandt Snedeker-Bubba Watson
  • Sean O’Hair-Steve Stricker

Last year, Harris English and Matt Kuchar took down the crown, finishing at 28-under par for the event. Of course, they’ll be playing together again this year as the defending champs.

Check out our photos from the 2017 QBE Shootout below!

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