Jonas Blixt won the 2013 Greenbrier Classic in epic fashion on a weather-delayed final round on Sunday, picking up his second career PGA Tour victory in the process.
PGA Tour's Twitter account summed it up best:
The result produced all sorts of emotions for Blixt, who teared up in the post-round interview when talking about his future plans and what the win means for his career. For perspective, his win gave him an automatic bid to the 2014 Masters.
Coming into the final round four shots off the lead and in third place, the Sweden native quickly came back from his deficit and tracked down the leading group to pull away in the final few holes.
Play was suspended just before 2 p.m. ET after lightning struck in the area, and the players wouldn't return until 5 p.m. in a three-hour delay that made a Monday finish seem like an inevitability for some time.
However, the leading group featured by Johnson Wagner and Jimmy Walker played a very quick 18 holes that made finishing on Sunday night a reality.
The quick-paced play seemed to mess with the 54-hole leader. Wagner was 14-under par coming into the final round but finished three over on Sunday with a final-round 73. Simply going par would have secured him the win over Blixt.
Going into the 72nd hole, either Wagner or Walker needed a hole-in-one eagle in order to keep hopes of a playoff alive. Both golfers landed their balls on the green but nowhere near the hole.
Blixt moved up to 39th in the FedEx Cup Standings with the win.
|1 ||Jonas Blixt||-13|
|T6||Ted Potter, Jr.||-9|
|T9||Davis Love III||-8|
Leaderboard and stats via PGATour.com.
One of Blixt's biggest birdies of his career came on the 16th hole Sunday.
Blixt was able to pinpoint his shots just feet off the hole over and over again, and here's another example of that at No. 12.
Ted Potter finished just a few shots off Blixt's winning lead, but he nearly produced an epic shot from 157 yards out as it landed just off the hole.
Wagner didn't have a final round to remember after giving up the lead on Sunday, but here's a big birdie from him back when he was still vying for the win.
Blixt was able to pull away late, but it was this epic shot from the fifth hole that really got him going early on.
In the end, Blixt's heroics on Sunday resulted in his second PGA Tour victory and ensured that he would be around for some of golf's biggest tournaments in the future.