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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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  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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Photos from the 2024 PGA Championship

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GolfWRX is on site this week at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky, for the PGA Championship.

While we see fewer equipment changes and new gear seeding at major championships, we get a look at custom gear and looks into the bags of players we rarely see, which is just as exciting. In the case of the PGA Championship, this means a look at the gear some of the PGA Professionals who qualified for the tournament will be gaming, and LIV players, such as Jon Rahm and Patrick Reed.

Check out links to all our albums from Valhalla below and check back throughout the week as we continue to update.

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GolfWRX is live this week at the Wells Fargo Championship as a field of the world’s best golfers descend upon Charlotte, North Carolina, hoping to tame the beast that is Quail Hollow Club in this Signature Event — only Scottie Scheffler, who is home awaiting the birth of his first child, is absent.

From the grounds at Quail Hollow, we have our usual assortment of general galleries and WITBs — including a look at left-hander Akshay Bhatia’s setup. Among the pullout albums, we have a look inside Cobra’s impressive new tour truck for you to check out. Also featured is a special look at Quail Hollow king, Rory McIlroy.

Be sure to check back throughout the week as we add more galleries.

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Photos from the 2024 CJ Cup Byron Nelson

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GolfWRX is on site this week in McKinney, Texas, at the 2024 CJ Cup Byron Nelson (FKA the AT&T Byron Nelson).

Last year at TPC Craig Ranch, Jason Day ended a five-year winless streak. J-Day is in the field again, as are Jordan Spieth, Tom Kim, and Will Zalatoris.

We have our usual assortment of general galleries, WITBs, and pullout albums for your perusal. As always, we’ll continue to add links to additional albums as they make their way to us from the Lone Star State.

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