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Golf roundup: Jonas Blixt wins Greenbrier Classic

Jonas Blixt wasn’t having the type of year he had envisioned — until the final round of the Greenbrier Classic came along.

The Swede shot a 3-under-par 67 Sunday to win the rain-delayed tournament in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., by two strokes.

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Blixt emerged from a five-player chase over the final five holes to pick up the $1.1 million winner’s check. He also shot from 139th to 39th in the FedEx Cup points standings.

‘‘This is what I play for,’’ Blixt said. ‘‘I play to win. It just confirms that if you do the right things, that you work hard, dreams can come true.’’

Among the perks for his victory is a spot in next year’s Masters.

Blixt also will move to around No. 50 in the next world ranking, which is used as the alternate list to fill the field for this month’s British Open. That would make him the top alternate in a year that about eight players from the list will get into the Open at Muirfield.

He overcame a four-shot deficit at the start of the final round and finished at 13-under 267. Third-round leader Johnson Wagner (73), Australians Steven Bowditch (68) and Matt Jones (68), and Jimmy Walker (71) tied for second at 11 under.

Blixt went from a tie to a two-shot lead when he made a 9-foot birdie putt on No. 16 to move to 13 under. No other player made a birdie after that. Wagner bogeyed the par-3 15th moments later to fall to 11 under alongside Bowditch and Walker.

Blixt also won the Frys.com Open last year as a tour rookie. But entering the Greenbrier Classic, he hadn’t had a top-10 finish this season, missing as many cuts as he made.

Blixt was overcome with emotion after watching Wagner and Walker, needing holes-in-one at No. 18, land well away from the hole.

‘‘It’s just been a hard year,’’ Blixt said. ‘‘My game has not been on.’’

Defending champion Ted Potter Jr. (67), Pat Perez (69), and Brian Stuard (67) tied for sixth at 9 under.

Wagner, who had missed out on weekend play in his last seven tournaments, couldn’t match the seven birdies he had in the third round on his way to a 64. He bogeyed three holes in a five-hole stretch on the back nine and never recovered.

The 54-hole leader has yet to win the Greenbrier Classic, now in its fourth year.

‘‘The swing just left,’’ Wagner said. ‘‘I’m furious. But given where I was a couple of weeks ago, I’ll take a lot of positives when I get over this disappointment right now.’’

European — At Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Graeme McDowell won the French Open, shooting a 4-under 67 in the final round to capture his ninth European Tour title by four strokes.

McDowell had five birdies and a bogey to finish at 9-under 275.

Richard Sterne (71) was second. He made three birdies on the front nine before faltering on the back nine with three bogeys.

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