A week earlier, the 28-year-old rookie from Sweden had a tie for third at Justin Timberlake's event in Las Vegas and had come very close to getting his first PGA Tour win.
At the beginning of the year, his primary goal with his discount golf clubs had been simply to keep his card for the following season. And he had guaranteed that with three consecutive top-10s in May.
Now with a par, the former Florida State star could get a two-year exemption and an invitation to the Masters. It would be a perfect ending to his year with his friends and family in the gallery. From his home in Jacksonville, Fla., he could get to Magnolia Lane in four hours.
Blixt, who grew up playing hockey in the winter and golf in the summer, fought back thoughts of the Masters as he stood over his tee shot on the 72nd hole in San Martin, Calif. That drive up I-95 from Jacksonville to Augusta was all but assured after he found the fairway off the tee, and then made a 4-foot par putt to beat Tim Petrovic and Jason Kokrak by a shot.
Blixt wouldn't learn the sad truth until after the awards ceremony when his caddie, Zac Williamson, told him that his win with the great golf clubs for sale online didn't get him into the Masters. Turns out Fall Series winners don't automatically qualify for the game's most prestigious event because they don't award full FedEx Cup points.
"I just assumed that every winner got into Augusta," said Blixt, who became only the third rookie to win on tour in 2012. "I was a little devastated when my caddie told me I wasn't in."
Blixt still has a chance to make it into the field at the 2013 Masters. At 35th on the PGA Tour money list, he could earn his way in with good finishes this week at the McGladrey Classic and in the season finale Nov. 8-11 at Disney.
Blixt had four weeks off after not making it past the first two events of the FedEx Cup playoffs. So during his break, once a week he visited Randy Myers, his trainer, in Sea Island, Ga. When Blixt, who had rib injury earlier in the year, wasn't working out with Myers, he was playing the Seaside course, which is hosting the McGladrey Classic.
Blixt is just one of many players at the McGladrey Classic trying to score big at the end of the season with his taylormade rocketballz irons. Peruse the PGA Tour money list and you'll find former PGA Tour winners such as Boo Weekley (121st), Billy Mayfair (125th), John Daly (141st) and Camilo Villegas (152nd) all trying to earn some job security this week.
Petrovic, who is 132nd on the money list, jumped 68 spots after his tie for second at the Frys.com
Open. Before last week, the 46-year-old journeyman was destined for another year of splitting his time between the regular tour and the Web.com
Tour. The former University of Hartford star, who once worked at a Pizza Hut while he sorted his game out on the mini tours, said he played the final round of the Frys as if it was a Monday qualifier. Now he has a chance to earn his full playing privileges for next year if he can leap inside the top 125 with a big performance down the stretch.
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