Swede rookie rallies for PGA Tour victory

Golf: Blixt shoots 68 to pass third-round leader Mallinger

The Associated PressOctober 15, 2012 

Sweden’s Jonas Blixt won the Frys.com Open on Sunday for his first PGA Tour title, holing a 4-foot par putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory at CordeValle in San Martin, Calif.

Blixt became third PGA Tour rookie to win this season, closing with a 3-under 68 for a 16-under 268 total. He earned $900,000 in the Fall Series event and a tour exemption through the 2014 season.

“The weird part is I’ve been working on some stuff with my swing, and I wasn’t feeling completely 100 percent about my swing,” Blixt said. “I just told myself, ‘Just give it a good hit every time and see what happens. …’ That’s what I did on every shot.”

Tim Petrovic and Jason Kokrak tied for second. Petrovic had a 64, and Kokrak shot a 68.

Third-round leader John Mallinger had a 72 to tie for fourth at 14 under with Jimmy Walker, Vijay Singh and Alexandre Rocha. Walker closed with a 62, and Singh and Rocha shot 68.

Blixt made a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-5 15th for a share of the lead, and holed a 71/2-footer on the short par-4 17th to pull ahead. He set up the birdie on 17 with an approach shot from the rough.

“It was a bad lie, but the ball came out well,” Blixt said.

Blixt birdied the first two holes, but gave back the strokes with bogeys on the next two. The 28-year-old former Florida State player made a birdie on the par-4 sixth, then had eight straight pars before the birdie on 15.

Blixt was making his 19th PGA Tour start. He finished third last week in Las Vegas.

PARK RALLIES TO WIN

Inbee Park rallied to win the LPGA Malaysia for her second victory of the year, closing with a 4-under 67 to beat fellow South Korean player Na Yeon Choi by two strokes in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Park took the lead with consecutive birdies on the 13th and 14th holes. She got away with bogeys on the final two holes when Choi made a double bogey on the par-3 17th in her closing 71.

Park finished at 15-under 269 and earned $285,000 to push her tour-leading total to $1,954,608.

HEROIC SHOT WINS

Jim Woodward made eagle on the final hole by hitting a 4-hybrid to one foot from 245 yards to win the Senior PGA Professional National Championship in Aldie, Va.

The 55-year-old Woodward, the PGA teaching professional at Oak Tree National Golf Club in Edmond, Okla., finished with a 1-over 73 at Creighton Farm for a 1-under 287 total. He won by one shot over Mike Miles, an assistant pro from Long Beach, Calif.

The top 35 earned spots in the Senior PGA Championship in May at Bellerive in St. Louis.

ELSEWHERE

Shawn Stefani won the Miccosukee Championship in Miami, his second Web.com Tour victory of the year, closing with a 3-under 68 for a five-stroke victory over Australia’s Alistair Presnell. … Shane Lowry of Ireland shot a 5-under 66 to win the Portugal Masters by one shot over England’s Ross Fisher in Vilamoura, Portugal.

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