Every year it seems like the PGA Tour's Fall Series produces at least one up-and-coming star to keep an eye going into next season. Bud Cauley was the name to watch coming into 2012, after the 22-year-old put together a late-season charge during the Fall Series to secure full-time status, as a non-member, on tour in just eight starts.
This year? Well it looks like the name to watch heading into 2013 is Jonas Blixt, who captured the Frys.com Open on Sunday with a 3-under 68 that included birdies on two of his final four holes. At 28, Blixt seems to be coming into his own in his first season on the PGA Tour.
A relative unknown at the start of the year, he burst onto the scene with a T-3 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship after he nearly made it into a playoff with Dicky Pride and eventual winner Jason Dufner. Blixt then kept it going, making it to the second event of the FedEx Cup playoffs in Boston before bowing out.
His third-place last week at the Justin Timberlake Shriners Open led you to believe he was close. But one week later close? I guess Blixt is a pretty impatient guy. The win not only put the Swede on the list of twentysomethings to watch next season, it also secured his card for at least two more years.
The Fall Series may be a joke to some -- heck, some consider it to be part of the Silly Season -- but for Jonas Blixt and the rest of the players who are currently struggling to secure their status for next season, the final four events of 2012 are the most critical on the schedule. This is the time of year where you start planning for stops next season in Broussard, La. and Valdosta, Ga., or San Diego, Calif. and Dallas, Tex.
Blixt won't have to worry about heading back to the Web.com for 2013; his win ensured he'll be around for the foreseeable future.