Rookie Blixt savours first taste of victory

PGA Tour rookie Jonas Blixt claimed his first title as a fourth straight sub-70 round saw him win the 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 said: “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 to equal the course record in the event and take a share of fourth alongside another of that trio, John Mallinger, Brazil’s Alexandre Rocha and Fiji’s Vijay Singh.

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