Jonas Blixt claimed his first PGA Tour victory in the 2012 Frys.com Open on Sunday, October 14th. Facing a final four foot putt for the win, something that confounds golfers at all levels, he calmly lined it up from all angles. The stroke was true, his ball finished in the bottom of the cup, and he had become only the third rookie to win in the 2012 Tour season.
A 28-year-old native of Sweden, Blixt readily admits to being a big hockey fan. In his post-round interview (transcript available at pgatour.com) he even describes hockey as "... the greatest sport ever...".
As the third rookie winner in 2012, following John Huh (Mayakoba Golf Classic) and Ted Potter Jr. (Greenbrier Classic), Jonas is now a candidate for PGA Tour Rookie of the Year honors.
It was Blixt's short game that provided his victory on Sunday, with the final three holes being fine examples:
Tied for the tournament lead at the 16th, his approach found a greenside bunker. With very little green to work with, he nearly holed the sand shot, making a short par putt to maintain his share of the lead.
At the short par-four 17th, he blasted his driver over the back of the green, where he would have to play from the rough to a green sloping away, with water if you go too far. Seemingly without fear, he made a powerful swing, popping the shot high and landing it closer to the hole than most would have expected. This was a more level landing area, however, and after the ball nearly went in the hole on the way by it stopped about 7 to eight feet away. Jonas Blixt led the field in putting all week, so it may not be surprising that he made this one too, leaving the 17th green with a one shot lead.
At the final hole his approach left a long birdie putt, which had caused troubles for many others in the field. Blixt first putt came up nearly four feet short of the hole, but (as already mentioned) he holed his second for the one-shot victory.
Jonas Blixt has extended his streak of consecutive holes without a three-putt to 243, the longest current streak on Tour.
Harold Andrews has played golf for nearly 50 years. He considers Jack Nicklaus the greatest of all time.
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