WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS - Under bright sunlight or oncoming darkness, it didn't matter. Jonas Blixt didn't have a clue where his shots were going to go.
That continued to a smaller extent this week in the Greenbrier Classic as he only hit 35 of 56 fairways. But the 28-year-old Sweden native and Florida State graduate hit out of the rough and putted well enough to become the Classic's fourth champion.
The victory was his second on the PGA Tour, adding to his win in last fall's Frys.com Open in San Martin. He shot his third straight 67 to finish at 13-under-par 267, winning by two shots over four different players. That included Johnson Wagner, who led by two after 54 holes.
The second-year Tour member was struggling this season, missing the cut in half of his 16 events, with no top-10 finishes. Accepting the Springhouse Trophy in darkness, his season changed dramatically.
He won $1.134 million, earned a trip to the 2014 Masters and extended his Tour exemption through 2015.
A lingering thunderstorm caused a 3-hour, 10-minute storm delay, and Blixt didn't even tee off until 5 p.m. Rain persisted for an hour or so after that, and cool, wet conditions replaced the humidity that greeted earlier starters.
And that was fine with Blixt.
"I think the weather kind of played to my advantage," he said. "It's kind of a Swedish summer weather you guys had today, and I just felt very comfortable with the rough the way it was, because I played a lot out of it.
"The way the golf course set up and the greens and everything, it couldn't have played out any better for me. Yeah, the weather played a big role."
With the long delay and late start for the final two twosomes, the tournament appeared to be headed for a Monday finish. The Tour has been plagued by weather this year, having 14 of 28 tournaments delayed at some point.
But the players were quick to get around the course - the last pairing of Wagner and Jimmy Walker putted out at 8:53 p.m., 3 hours and 43 minutes after starting.
Blixt seized the lead for good with a 9-foot birdie putt on the par-4 16th. About a minute earlier, Wagner couldn't overcome a difficult lie at the lip of a bunker, and bogeyed to fall to 11 under.
That's where Wagner finished, along with Walker, Matt Jones and Steven Bowditch.
"I kind of looked at the scoreboard there on 16 before I hit the putt, and saw I was tied," Blixt said. "Didn't do anything to me emotionally. I just kind of focused on having a good speed on the putt and trying to start it on line, and that was the difference between making it and missing it."
He set that putt up with a 171-yard shot from the left rough. On the par-5 12th, he played his second and third shots from the left rough.
He survived a bogey on the course's toughest hole, the 492-yard 13th. And that was progress - he double-bogeyed the hole on Friday and Saturday.
The Classic continued its tradition of helping struggling golfers turn their game around. Entering the week, Blixt missed the cut the previous week and was 139th in the FedExCup rankings.