SWEDISH golfer Jonas Blixt became the third rookie to win on the US PGA Tour this year at the 2012 Frys.com Open, while a number of Aussies are still struggling to retain their tour cards.
The 28-year-old Swede shot a final round 3-under 68 to finish the tournament on 16-under, one stroke ahead of American pair Tim Petrovic (64) and Jason Kokrak (68).
Third-round leader John Mallinger (72) tied for fourth at 14-under along with Jimmy Walker (62), Alexandre Rocha (68) and tour veteran Vijay Singh (68).
The best placed Aussie was Steven Bowditch (68), who finished tied for 16th on 10-under. Bowditch moved from 195th to 185th in the tour money list but has lots of work to do in the next few weeks (just two further Fall Series events) to get inside the top 150 (conditional tour status), or more importantly to the top 125 (full tour card).
First round leader Nick O’Hern (opened with a course record equalling 62 and finished with three consecutive 71’s) finished on 9-under (T22) along with Matt Goggin (67).
O’Hern is, at least, in the top 150, moving up one place from 144 to 143. Goggin moved from 185 to 178.
Rod Pampling (72) will be happy to move inside the bubble (from 126th to 124th) after finishing at 5-under.
Matt Jones closed with an even par 71 to finish on 7-under. (Moved from 175 to 176.) Nathan Green remained in 163rd position while Robert Allenby (107rd), Aaron Baddeley (69th) and Stuart Appleby (166th) were amongst those missing the cut.