Tour Report: No. 40 Jonas Blixt

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2013 PREVIEW: Jonas Blixt managed to put himself in the conversation for PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year despite missing more than two months with a rib injury when he won the Open. The Swede was just starting to acclimate himself with three straight top 10s before his injury — a healthy 2013 could be an interesting one.

2012 DEFINING MOMENT: Blixt delighted his siblings, here in the States on holiday, when he fired four sub-70 rounds, including a 68 on Sunday, to win the Open. Two make-or-break FedExCup Playoffs events — one of which included a 5-footer on the 71nd hole at The Barclays to advance — no doubt contributed to Blixt’s solid performance in the fall as he tied for third the week prior to his inaugural victory. –- Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM

ALBERS’ QUICK TAKE: He told me his putter is his secret weapon. Well it’s not secret anymore. Blixt was second on TOUR in strokes gained-putting. He did not have a three putt the entire week in winning the Open. Blixt had a great sand save that week on the 16th hole on Sunday and ranked first on TOUR in bunker saves, getting up and down 65 percent of the time. — Fred Albers, SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio

BOLTON’S FANTASY OUTLOOK: While most will remember his blistering beginning to the Fall Series, it’s important to circle a stretch in late April and throughout May during which he finished no worse than T13 in four starts, thus planting seeds for the future harvest that was realized. After sitting out several weeks due to a rib injury, he didn’t miss a cut in his last seven starts. His wicked short game can play anywhere, so any lumps he takes will be likely due to unfamiliarity with host courses. — Rob Bolton, PGATOUR.COM Fantasy expert

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Final Playoffs ranking


Best finish 1st Open

Starts: 21

Cuts made: 15

Rounds played: 72

Top-10 finishes: 5

Money List rank: 34th

Driving distance: 127th

Driving accuracy: 133rd

Greens in regulation: 134th

Strokes gained-putting: 2nd

Scoring average: 34th

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