Jonas Blixt Becomes Third Rookie to Win on U.S. PGA Tour in 2012

Jonas Blixt won the Open by one shot over Jason Kokrak and Tim Petrovic to become the third rookie to capture a U.S. PGA Tour title this season.

Blixt, a 28-year-old Swede, shot a 3-under-par 68 during yesterday’s final round at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, California, to finish with a four-round total of 16-under 268. He received $900,000 for his first PGA Tour win, which followed his third place at last week’s Fall Series event in Las Vegas, where his final-round 70 was worst of the top eight finishers.

“You learn something every time,” Blixt said yesterday at a news conference. “Last week I didn’t play very well in the final round. I got a little too cute with some shots and wasn’t aggressive enough.”

Blixt made birdies on two of the final four holes yesterday to join John Huh and Ted Potter Jr. as rookie winners on the PGA Tour this season.

The Fall Series next moves to Sea Island, Georgia, for the $4 million McGladrey Classic, which is scheduled for Oct. 18-21.

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