Blixt wins first US PGA title, Bowditch leads Aussies

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.

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Brian is an award winning golf writer and is the founder and editor of Australian Senior Golfer. He is a former Sydney journalist who had little interest in golf till he hit his first ball at the age of 49 (and a half). Since then golf has just about overtaken his life. Brian founded ASG in April 2008 and has since covered every Australian Open, Presidents Cups, World Cups and numerous other big men’s and women’s tournaments, spending days inside the ropes with the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Tom Watson, Fred Couples, Greg Norman, Adam Scott, Jason Day, Karrie Webb, and many others. He has also played in, and reported on, numerous amateur tournaments, particularly senior and veteran events, around the country. Brian is a member of the Australian Golf Media Association and won the award for Best News Report for 2016 - 2017

1 COMMENT

  1. Our guys will need to play well in the next 2 rounds to get through.

    A couple of more top 25 or better performances will hopefully be enough for them.

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