WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W.Va. -- The thunder that boomed over Greenbrier County on Sunday afternoon was nothing compared to the noise Jonas Blixt made on the field at the fourth annual Greenbrier Classic.
The Swedish player and former Florida State University star pumped his fist with a birdie on No. 16 and followed with pars on No. 17 and No. 18 to storm back and win the Classic at the par 70, 7,287-yard Old White TPC.
The players had to wait through a weather delay of three hours, 10 minutes and finished just before 9 p.m. The final two groups teed off a little after 5 p.m.
The victory was his second on the PGA Tour and ended Johnson Wagner's streak of tournaments won when leading entering the final round.
Blixt entered the scoring area with a two-shot lead and had to wait for what Wagner and Jimmy Walker did on No. 17 - a par 5. Both players had pars - Walker lipped out a birdie putt - forcing them to hole out on the par 3 No. 18.
The win gives Blixt his second PGA Tour victory and a spot in the PGA Championship Aug. 8-11 and the 2014 Masters at Augusta.
"To not have my 'A' game and still pull off a win on the PGA Tour, I have a lot of good breaks and my putter worked really well today and all week," said an emotional Blixt. "It's just really cool to finish on top.
"Playing at Augusta is a dream come true," said the 29-year-old Blixt. "I watched it when I was a kid. I always wanted to play there, there and Valderrama. I went there a couple years ago and to be there, it looked exactly what I thought it was going to look like. It's almost like a religious experience just being there."
Wagner finished in a four-way tie for second with Matt Jones, Steven Bowditch and Jimmy Walker after leading by two strokes through three rounds. His string of winning tournaments after leading into the final round ended.
Wagner went into the final round of the 2008 Shell Houston Open with a one-stroke lead on Chad Campbell and claimed the championship by one stroke over Campbell and Geoff Ogilvy. In 2011, he led by a stroke against Chris Stroud entering the fourth round of the 2011 Myakoba Golf Classic, and beat Spencer Levin in a playoff.
Blixt didn't do it all by himself, as Wagner and Jimmy Walker came back to him. Walker finished 3-over in the fourth round with four bogeys and a birdie and Walker was 1-over with two bogeys and a birdie.
"It's kind of hard to catch a guy who's four strokes ahead of you," said Blixt, who trailed Wagner by four strokes and Walker by two. "I was lucky enough I could put some pressure on them around the turn. I just tried to play my best and not to be too nervous. I was shaking a couple times out there. I was happy to make a couple putts."
Much like Wagner, Blixt had struggled of late with eight missed cuts in 16 events and just two top 25 finishes. He also had to overcome a 3-hour, 10-minute weather delay.