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Monday, October 15, 2012

The Limerick Summary: 2012 Frys.com Open

Winner: Jonas Blixt

Around the wider world of golf: It was a very busy weekend! Inbee Park won the Sime Darby LPGA Malaysia on the LPGA Tour; Gaganjeet Bhullar won the Venetian Macau Open on the OneAsia Tour; Peter Wilson won the WA Goldfields PGA Championship on the Australasian Tour; Fred Funk won the Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn (here in NC) on the Champions Tour; Shane Lowry won the Portugal Masters on the ET; Ya-Huei Lu won the Taiwan LPGA South Taiwan Open on the LAGT; and Shawn Stephani won the Miccosukee Championship on the Web.com Tour.

Blixt with trophy

On a day when Red Bull proved they can provide balloons and parachutes as well as wings (and this link gives you lots of pictures), Jonas Blixt proved that his family can break the sound barrier as well.

At least, they can with the proper incentive... and Jonas certainly gave them that. Despite Jimmy Walker's -9 and Tim Petrovic's -7, Blixt just didn't give the players around him any hope of catching him. What else would you expect from the guy with the longest current string of holes without a 3-putt (233)?

After a third-place finish last week in front of his family (visiting from Sweden), Blixt calmly played the final four holes in -2 to win this week. If he hadn't won, he still would have had his card for next year -- despite missing a couple of months in the thick of the season from injuries, he had still managed to make over $1mil and reach #115 in the OWGR -- but it's so much nicer to give yourself a couple of years to play. I'm guessing this win will get him high enough to qualify for the invitational tournaments if not the majors.

But the way he's playing, that can't be far off. As only the third rookie to win this season, he's keeping some pretty exclusive company... and next week's McGladrey Classic is almost a home game for him.

So this week's Limerick Summary salutes the newest Swede to chalk up a PGA Tour victory. Perhaps he'll give his family another reason to break the sound barrier this week:
With his family from Sweden transfixed
By his play down the stretch, Jonas Blixt
Got his first win on Tour.
Now for two years he's sure
That his golf dreams won't be eighty-sixed.
The photo came from the front page of PGATOUR.com.

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