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Blixt wins Greenbrier Classic, clinches 2014 Masters spot

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 Swede shot 3-under 67 Sunday to win the rain-delayed PGA Tour tournament by two strokes.

Blixt emerged from a five-player chase over the final five holes to earn $1.1 million and earn a spot in the 2014 Masters.

The 29-year-old also won the Open last year as a tour rookie. But he hadn't had a top-10 finish this season. Blixt was overcome with emotion after watching Johnson Wagner and Jimmy Walker, needing aces at No. 18, reach the green but land well away from the hole.

"It's just been a hard year," Blixt said. "My game has not been on."

Blixt will move to about No. 50 in the next world ranking, which is used as the alternate list to fill the field for next week's British Open at Muirfield.

He overcame a four-shot deficit and finished at 13-under 267. Third-round leader Wagner (73), Steven Bowditch (68) and Matt Jones (68), and Walker (71) tied for second at 11 under.

Blixt went from a tie to a two-shot lead with a 9-foot birdie on No. 16 to move to 13 under. Wagner bogeyed the par-3 15th to fall to 11 under.

"The swing just left," Wagner said. "I'm furious."

Tom Watson, 63, shot 67 to finish at 4 under, tied for 38th.

Thunderstorms delayed play on the Old White TPC course for three hours.

European: Graeme McDowell, the 2010 U.S. Open champ, won the French Open in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, shooting 4-under 67 in the final round to capture his ninth European Tour title by four strokes over Richard Sterne.

Blixt wins Greenbrier Classic, clinches 2014 Masters spot 07/07/13 [Last modified: Sunday, July 7, 2013 10:52pm]
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