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Rookie gets first win

SAN MARTIN, Calif. — Jonas Blixt won the Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, holing a 4-foot par putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory.

Blixt became the third tour rookie to win this season, closing with 3-under 68 to finish at 16-under 268. The Swede earned $900,000.

"It's unbelievable," he said of his win in the fall series event. "I have no words right now. This is the biggest dream I've ever had."

His short game made that dream come true.

Blixt, one of the best putters on tour, played an impressive flop shot on the 17th hole that came to rest within 7 feet after his drive went over the green on the reachable par 4. The putt had just enough on it to drop in the bottom side of the hole for birdie, giving him the outright lead.

Tim Petrovic (64) and Jason Kokrak (68) tied for second. Third-round leader John Mallinger had 72 to tie for fourth at 14 under with Vijay Singh (68) and two others.

Tampa resident Ryuji Imada (68) finished at 1 over.

Blixt, the seventh first-time winner this season, earned a two-year tour exemption.

LPGA: Inbee Park rallied to win the LPGA Malaysia for her second victory of the year, closing with 4-under 67 to finish at 15-under 269, beating Na Yeon Choi (71) by two strokes at Kuala Lumpur. Two strokes behind Choi entering the round and three behind with 10 holes left, Park picked up a stroke when the defending champion bogeyed the par-4 ninth, then pulled even with birdies on the par-4 10th and 11th. Tampa's Cindy LaCrosse (71) finished the limited-field event at par 284, and Seminole's Brittany Lincicome (71) was 4 over.

Champions: Fred Funk won the Greater Hickory Classic for his second title of the year, holing a 2-foot birdie putt on the final hole to beat Duffy Waldorf by a stroke at Conover, N.C. Funk closed with 3-under 69 to finish at 15-under 201. Waldorf shot 66.

Rookie gets first win 10/14/12 [Last modified: Sunday, October 14, 2012 9:10pm]
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