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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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WATCH: Tiger Woods on Facebook Live with Bridgestone Golf

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Tiger Woods just appeared in a Bridgestone Golf Facebook Live video. While the audio isn’t the greatest (sounds like there’s some mowers rolling by), we’ve got to pass it along.

Check out the video below.

Woods initially discusses his wedges, before moving on to sharing some insights about how he hits his patented stinger–covering the ball, starting it farther right, and keeping his follow through short.

On his ball, the Bridgestone Tour B XS, which he presents as a softer ball well-suited to his swing, Woods says

“I need spin. I don’t spin the ball a lot. My swing has never produced a lot of spin. I’ve always been able to take spin off the golf ball–I grew up in an era where we played balata. What separated a lot of guys was the ability to take spin off the golf ball…to keep it below the tree line. There was a lot more movement in the golf ball.”

“My swing has naturally evolved. I’ve had different swings throughout the years, but each swing didn’t spin the ball a lot. So, when I get up to my long irons with a harder ball that most people would launch…I don’t. It falls out of the sky because it has so little spin.”

Woods mentioned that he hasn’t played Shinnecock since the course’s pre-U.S. Open makeover, but that he expects the course will be particularly difficult: an old-school U.S. Open with minimal graduated rough where it will be difficult to shoot under par.

Responding to comments, Woods sings Hazeltine’s praises and mentions he’d love to be able to wear shorts during PGA Tour events

“We play some of the hottest places on the planets and it would be nice to wear shorts…even with my little chicken legs,” Woods says.

Woods tells amateurs looking for more spin around the greens that they need a soft golf ball, mentioning that solid contact, maintaining loft, and allowing to club to do its job are key. Woods mentions that he has “a couple extra shots around the greens” thanks to the softness of his golf ball.”

We’ll next see the 14-time major champion in action at next week’s Memorial Tournament (which he discusses to wrap up the video).

 

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GolfWRX is on the ground at Marvin Leonard’s famed pet project, Colonial Country Club, peeking into players bags and taking in the action on the driving range.

While you’ll want to take a trip through the buffet line, we’ve made you a plate of some of the tastiest morsels.

Absolutely savage new putter cover for Jon “Rahmbo” Rahm. Just killer.

Prettier than a new penny.

Spotted: Aldila Rogue Silver 130 MSI

Everything here is excellent. Just excellent.

More like Garsen Murray. Am I right?

If you were Aaron Wise standing over the winning putt at last week’s Byron Nelson, this is what it’d have looked like (of course, you’d have had a ball and the putter would be soled on the green, but you get the point…)

Abraham Ancer’s new Artisan wedges are simply incredible… All of this: Artisan star stellar stuff.

Rickie Fowler has gone grape.

You can’t fool me. You’re not Adam Hadwin, you’re a golf bag.

Is Patrick Cantlay considering a switch to a Cameron Napa?

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Tuesday’s Photos from the 2018 Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial

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GolfWRX is live this week from the 2018 Forth Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club (par 70; 7,209 yards). The event has now been hosted here for 73 straight years.

Headlining the field this week are Jordan Spieth, who’s currently ranked No. 3 in the Official World Golf Rankings, Jon Rahm (No. 4), Justin Rose (No. 5) and Rickie Fowler (No. 6). Joining them are notables Webb Simpson, who’s coming off his win at The 2018 Players, as well as Wesley Bryan, Jason Dufner, Bryson DeChambeau, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Brooks Koepka, Louis Oosthuizen, Pat Perez, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Jimmy Walker, and last week’s champion, Aaron Wise.

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Last year, Kevin Kisner captured the second PGA Tour victory of his career after shooting a final-round, 4-under 66.

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