Blixt Wins Greenbrier Classic
Rain had skirted around White Sulphur Springs for the first three rounds of the Greenbrier Classic, but there was no such luck on the course on Sunday. The final round was held-up by a lengthy weather delay and the trophy presentation took place after the sun went down.
Nine players started the final round within 6 shots of the lead, but with threatening clouds rolling in over the Old White TPC Course, the weather horn sounded at 1:45 for storms in the area, after only 23 players of the 72 left had completed their rounds.
Fifty four hole leader, Johnson Wagner, wearing his Hokie maroon pants and orange belt and hat, retired to the locker room without ever hitting a shot. Wagner and the rest of the remaining field waited- out a 2 and a half hour delay before the range re-opened at 4:20. Wagner struck his first tee shot at 5:10 and was steady on the front nine, but things began to go south at number 11 where he made the first of three back nine bogeys.
“I never really got comfortable on the greens today,” Wagner said. “I was short all day which is really irritating. I should have made par there. I had a terrible pitch and I think I started looking at the leaderboard, but I was still there.”
Jonas Blixt was applying pressure one group ahead of Wagner. Blixt birdied nine and balanced two bogeys with three birdies on the way in. The Swedish born player, who played collegiately at Florida State and is a former ACC champion, got to the clubhouse at 13-under thanks to a par at 18. That was good for a two shot win over Wagner and three others, his second win on the PGA Tour.
“It’s kind of hard to catch a guy that is four shots ahead of you,” Blixt said, “but I was lucky enough to put some pressure on him around the turn there. I tried to play my best and not be too nervous. I was shaking a couple times. It feels like 10 bottles of champagne just went off in my belly right now. Satisfaction, just knowing all the hard work and stuff like that paid off.”
“I’m livid,” Wagner said. “Really disappointed and really mad. My nerves got the best of me today but given where I was two weeks ago, it’s a step in the right direction.”
Blixt was ranked 139th in the world entering this week but he becomes the fourth different winner in the history of the Greenbrier Classic.