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Jonas Blixt wins first PGA Tour title

Updated: Monday, 15 Oct 2012 11:37

Jonas Blixt of Sweden poses with the trophy after winning the Frys.com Open
Jonas Blixt of Sweden poses with the trophy after winning the Frys.com Open

PGA Tour rookie Jonas Blixt claimed his first title as a fourth straight sub-70 round saw him win the Frys.com Open by a stroke.

Remarkably, three players equalled the CourdeValle course record of 62 this week, but none of them could finish higher than fourth.

Instead, Swede Blixt became the third Tour rookie to claim a title this season as a four-foot par putt at the last saw him finish 16 under after a three-under final round, one ahead of Tim Petrovic and Jason Kokrak.

"It's unbelievable," the 28-year-old told www.pgatour.com. "I have no words right now. This is the biggest dream I've ever had."

Petrovic came from nowhere to challenge with a seven-under-par 64 which included an eagle at the par-five ninth, while Kokrak like Blixt had a 68.

Jimmy Walker carded a 62 to become the third player this week to equal the course record and take a share of fourth alongside another of that trio, John Mallinger, Brazil's Alexandre Rocha and Fiji's Vijay Singh.

Overnight leader Mallinger, who followed Nick O'Hern's first-round 62 with one of his own on Friday, unravelled somewhat today, managing only a one-over 72 on the forgiving course.

Even that was better than it could have been after he turned at three over.

Scotland's Russell Knox claimed a top-10 finish, his final-round 29 putting him in joint ninth on 12 under, one ahead of 2011 champion Bryce Molder.

O'Hern was joint 22nd on nine under after following up his fireworks on Thursday with three consecutive level-par rounds.

England's Greg Owen and Brian Davis both finished on eight under.

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