How it happened: Blixt rallies for win at Greenbrier

Jonas Blixt watches his tee shot on the third hole during the final round of the Greenbrier Classic. Blixt would fire a 3-under 67 on Sunday.

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Jonas Blixt will be taking his talents to Augusta National.

The young Swede posted a 3-under 67 on Sunday at the Greenbrier Classic, clearing the field by two shots in posting his second career PGA Tour victory -- but the first that has secured a spot in the Masters.

Take a look at how it all unfolded at The Old White TPC on Sunday:

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Update #29: 8:47 p.m. EDT

Jimmy Walker leaves his tee ball well to the right, but on the green at the 18th. Johnson Wagner hits a nice shot to about 15 feet, but sends Jonas Blixt to his second PGA Tour title.

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Update #28: 8:44 p.m. EDT

Jimmy Walker's chip from 60 yards nearly goes down for eagle, but it runs out to about 15 feet. His birdie attempt hits the left edge and settles for par, as does Johnson Wagner.

They'll need an ace at the par-3 18th to force a playoff.

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Update #27: 8:38 p.m. EDT

Jonas Blixt two-putts from 45 feet at the par-3 18th to get into the clubhouse at 13 under behind a 3-under 67 on Sunday. Blixt holds a two-shot lead with Johnson Wagner and Jimmy Walker both playing the par-5 17th.

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Update #26: 8:30 p.m. EDT

Jonas Blixt leaves the door open a bit after missing a 6-footer for birdie at the par-5 17th, the ball hitting the right edge. He stays at 13 under, two clear of Jimmy Walker, Matt Jones, Steven Bowditch and Johnson Wagner.

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Update #25: 8:28 p.m. EDT

Wondering who Jonas Blixt is? The Swede is from a remote and rural area of 16,000 residents, but his game is putting his corner of the world on the map. Our Jim McCabe spent time with him in January, read here.

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Update #24: 8:15 p.m. EDT

From 9 feet on No. 16, Jonas Blixt puts it in the heart of the cup and moves to 13 under, now two clear of Johnson Wagner, Jimmy Walker and Steven Bowditch.

Wagner fell back after a poor tee ball at the par-3 15th, finding the long rough to the left of the greenside bunker, blasting to about 25 feet and making a 3-footer for bogey. He is 3 over through six holes on the back nine.

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Update #23: 8:04 p.m. EDT

A solid two-putt par for Jonas Blixt at the par-3 15th to stay at 12 under, while Johnson Wagner does the same at the par-4 14th to remain tied for the lead.

Jimmy Walker leaves his birdie putt about a foot short on the 14th and stays at 11 under.

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Update #22: 7:53 p.m. EDT

Johnson Wagner picks up his second bogey in his last three holes and drops back to 12 under, tied with Jonas Blixt for the lead. Wagner three-putted from 60 feet at No. 13 to fall to 2 over on the day. Wagner and Blixt are one shot ahead of Jimmy Walker and Steven Bowditch.

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Update #21: 7:38 p.m. EDT

Both Jimmy Walker (11 under) and Johnson Wagner (13 under) fail to take advantage of the par-5 12th, two-putting from within 10 feet for par. Wagner does regain the lead with Jonas Blixt picking up bogey ahead on the 13th after his second shot came up 60 yards short of the hole.

Blixt is 5 over on the par-4 13th this week after double bogeys on both Friday and Saturday.

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Update #20: 7:24 p.m. EDT

Johnson Wagner finds trouble off the tee on the par-4 11th, hits his second shot into the rough on the right of the green and fails to get up-and-down, falling back to 13 under and is now tied for the lead with Jonas Blixt.

Blixt, ahead at the par-5 12th, found trouble off the tee, laid up into the rough, but hit a magnificent third shot to 5 feet and he moves to 13 under, one shot clear of Steven Bowditch and two ahead of Jimmy Walker.

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Update #19: 7:19 p.m. EDT

Steven Bowditch finds trouble with his second shot at the par-5 12th, but hits a spectacular sand shot to less than a foot and moves to 12 under, two off the lead.

The Aussie had missed his last four cuts heading into the Greenbrier, making just over $116,000 in 16 tournaments this season.

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Update #18: 7:11 p.m. EDT

Jonas Blixt's birdie spree stops abruptly at the par-4 11th, where he misses the green in regulation and fails to get up-and-down, slipping two shots back of Johnson Wagner, who pars No. 10.

Jimmy Walker slips to 11 under with a bogey on No. 10 after flying the green long. He is in a tie for third with Steven Bowditch, three shots back.

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Update #17: 6:57 p.m. EDT

Jonas Blixt picks up another birdie at the par-4 10th to move to 13 under, now solo second after Jimmy Walker misses a 10-footer for birdie on No. 9. Blixt trails Johnson Wagner by a shot after Wagner misses a birdie putt from the fringe and makes a 2-footer for par to stay at 14 under.

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Update #16: 6:47 p.m. EDT

Jonas Blixt, who won the 2012 Frys.com Open, joins Jimmy Walker at 12 under with a birdie at the par-4 9th, making a 4-footer from behind the hole. Both players are two shots back of Johnson Wagner.

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Update #15: 6:43 p.m. EDT

From just under 40 feet, both Jimmy Walker and Johnson Wagner two-putt the par-3 8th for simple pars, leaving Wagner in front by two shots. Pace of play is definitely signaling a Monday finish at this point.

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Update #14: 6:21 p.m. EDT

Johnson Wagner gets back to even on his round with a 15-footer for birdie on No. 6, putting his second shot above the hole. He regains his two-shot advantage after Jimmy Walker's 8-footer for birdie lips out and he stays at 12 under.

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Update #13: 6:10 p.m. EDT

Jimmy Walker wastes little time to recover the shot he dropped on No. 3, picking up birdie at No. 4 for his 34th one-putt of the week to move back to 12 under, one back of Johnson Wagner, who two-putts for par.

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Update #12: 6:02 p.m. EDT

Jonas Blixt is the first person outside the final group to make a move, picking up birdie on No. 4 with a 4-footer for birdie. He moves to 11 under, tied with Jimmy Walker in second, two back of Johnson Wagner.

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Update #11: 5:45 p.m. EDT

Big mistake from Jimmy Walker at the par-3 3rd, as he fails to get up a huge ridge in the middle of the green on his birdie putt, with the ball feeding all the way back to him. His second putt settles 2 feet from the cup and he settles for a bogey to fall back to 11 under, two back of Johnson Wagner, who misses an 8-footer for birdie at No. 3 to stay at 13 under.

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Update #10: 5:37 p.m. EDT

Johnson Wagner three-putts from 35 feet at No. 2, missing a 6-footer to save par and drops back to 13 under, one shot clear of Jimmy Walker, who makes a 3-footer to save par.

Meanwhile, Jordan Spieth missing the green at No. 4, but manages to get up-and-down to stay at 9 under, now only four off the lead.

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Update #9: 5:27 p.m. EDT

Jimmy Walker and Johnson Wagner both two-putt for par at the opening hole to leave Wagner two ahead. Wagner has won three times on the PGA Tour, while Walker won three times on the Web.com Tour.

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Update #8: 5:14 p.m. EDT

Play has resumed, with 19-year-old standout Jordan Spieth two-putting from 60 feet on No. 1 to stay at 8 under. Meanwhile, leader Johnson Wagner finds the fairway at No. 1, while Jimmy Walker gets a good kick out of the trees and back into the fairway.

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Update #7: 4:28 p.m. EDT

Golf will be played again today, with the PGA Tour announcing that it will resume the final round at 5:10 p.m. EDT. The average round on Saturday was 3 hours, 45 minutes. If replicated, that would likely put the leaders finishing after dark, which will likely mean a Monday finish at Greenbrier.

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Update #6: 2:27 p.m. EDT

Graeme McDowell picked up his third worldwide win of 2013 on Sunday at the French Open, using a final-round, 4-under 67 to clear Richard Sterne by four shots. This coming after missing three of his last four cuts in the U.S. and two of the last three in Europe. Story here.

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Update #5: 1:52 p.m. EDT

Weather has halted the final round at 1:50 p.m. EDT, with players now walking off the course prior to the final group even taking to the tee. Johnson Wagner and Jimmy Walker were both scheduled to tee off at 2 p.m. EDT.

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Update #4: 1:27 p.m. EDT

Jordan Spieth is only 19 years old, but is only five shots off the lead heading into Sunday's final round. Spieth held a share of the 36-hole lead last week and has made more than $1 million this season -- playing on a special temporary status that allows for unlimited exemptions.

Check out his unique swing that helped him lead Texas to a national championship in 2012 and to five top-10 finishes in 14 starts on Tour this season.

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Update #3: 1:11 p.m. EDT

Billy Horschel, who won his first Tour title this season and held the lead at the U.S. Open, is 3 under through 12 holes today and has moved to 7 under overall, currently T-15.

Horschel is looking for his eighth top-10 finish of the season -- in only 18 starts.

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Update #2: 1:06 p.m. EDT

Some storylines to watch today:

• Can Bill Haas pull off another Sunday comeback and win in back-to-back weeks?

• Can Jordan Spieth become the youngest winner on the PGA Tour in more than 80 years?

• Can Jimmy Walker become the third consecutive first-time winner at the Greenbrier?

• Can Johnson Wagner win for the first time since January 2012?

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Update #1: 12:05 p.m. EDT

We'll start the day with a link to a must-read story. And we mean must-read. Our Jim McCabe spent time with Johnson Wagner's caddie, Matt Hauser, who recently lost his brother to a diabetic seizure. Incredible read -- find the story here.

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Saturday's coverage

5 Things: Mustacheless Wagner back in lead

More than a year and a half after his victory at the Sony Open, Johnson Wagner's mustache is gone, yet he leads the Greenbrier Classic by two shots entering the final round. Here are 5 Things to Know.

How it Happened: Johnson Wagner leads Greenbrier after 54

For the second time in three days, Johnson Wagner posted the day's best number as he reclaimed the lead Saturday at the Greenbrier Classic at The Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

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Friday's coverage

Daly WDs with elbow injury; out 3-4 months

John Daly withdrew from the Greenbrier Classic with an elbow injury that will require surgery and a three- to four-month layoff.

5 Things: Every in position for first win after 62

It’s a cluster at the top of the leaderboard at The Greenbrier Classic, but a day after Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner fired 8-under 62s, Matt Every’s 62 in the second-round propelled him to the top for a one-shot lead in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

How it happened: Every shoots 62, leads Greenbrier

A day after Tommy Gainey and Johnson Wagner shot 8-under 62 to take the first-round lead at the Greenbrier Classic, Matt Every fired a 62 to take the 36-hole lead. See how it all unfolded Friday at The Old White TPC.

Third-round tee times and pairings.

Second-round leader Matt Every will play in Saturday's final pairing in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. – see all the groups and tee times here.

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Thursday's coverage

5 Things: With 59 on his mind, Johnson Wagner fires 62 to share lead

At the Greenbrier Classic, Johnson Wagner had a 59 on his mind, but settled with an 8-under 62, while it was the same score for Tommy 'Two Gloves' Gainey expect with no bogeys. Here are 5 Things from the first-round at Old White TPC in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va.

Saints coach Sean Payton moonlighting as Ryan Palmer's caddie

New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton is moonlighting this week as Ryan Palmer's caddie at the Greenbrier Classic.

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Preview coverage

Simpson, past champ Stallings among top predictions at Greenbrier

For the first time since the U.S. Open, Phil Mickelson will return to action at this week's Greenbrier Classic – yet he's not among our panel's picks to win this week.

Watson names North as Ryder Cup vice captain

Andy North is a two-time U.S. Open champion (1978, ’85), and played in the ’85 Ryder Cup at The Belfry in England. "When you win a couple of U.S. Opens, he knows what it takes to close the deal, and that's what we need on the Ryder Cup team," captain Tom Watson said.

For blue-collar players on Tour, missed cuts weigh heavily

Welcome to the side of the PGA Tour world that doesn't get televised – the painful one, the one devoid of big checks and red numbers. Not much fun is there? "No, not at all," said Brendan Steele. "Absolutely not."

Rude: PGA Tour, PGA offer sensible proposal as compromise

The two organizations pointed out that there is precedent to delay the ban on anchored putting several years for recreational players – in 2008, a similar course was taken regarding new groove configurations on golf clubs.

Tour players' lawyer: No plans to sue over anchoring – yet

Nine players, including Masters champion Adam Scott and Tour winners Carl Pettersson and Tim Clark, have retained Boston lawyer Harry L. Manion since January. The players are now “deciding what action, if any, to take next,” Manion said.

PGA Tour, PGA of America set to enact USGA anchoring ban

While the Tour’s nine-man policy board’s decision July 1 to follow Rule 14-1b was expected, there had been speculation the Tour might disallow anchored putting earlier, such as at the start of the 2015-16 season, in an effort to limit distraction.

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