This Week in Golf -- July 3-6
06/30/2014 12:55 PM
06/30/2014 1:01 PM
The 30-year-old Swede had an up-and-down final round, but he was able to hold off the rest of the field. He carded two birdies at No. 5 and No. 9, making the turn at 2-under for the day. Blixt then went birdie, bogey, birdie, bogey from No. 10 to keep him at 2-under. He later added a birdie at 16 before finishing his tournament out with two pars.
Blixt has struggled on tour so far this year. Besides The Masters, where he tied for second, Blixt does not have a top-10 finish. In 18 events this year, Blixt has missed the cut eight times, including six times in his last nine tournaments. Also during that stretch, Blixt made it to the weekend, but missed the secondary cut after the third round at The Players Championship.
World No. 3 Bubba Watson and FedExCup leader Jimmy Walker join the field this week to go along with Nick Faldo and Tom Watson. Stuart Appleby will also play this week as he looks to recreate the magic from 2010 when he fired a final- round 59 to clinch the title. Appleby also set the 72-hole record at The Old White TPC that year with a 258.
Golf Channel has coverage on Thursday and Friday and early coverage on the weekend before CBS takes over for the remainder of the action.
The PGA Tour will be in Silvis, Illinois next week for the John Deere Classic, where Jordan Spieth won his first career tournament at 19 years old. Spieth won last year's event on the fifth playoff hole, beating out Zach Johnson and David Hearn.
ALSTOM OPEN DE FRANCE, Le Golf National, Paris, France - The European Tour heads to Paris, France this week for the Alstom Open de France as Graeme McDowell seeks to win for the first time on tour since hoisting the trophy at this event last year.
McDowell carded a final-round 67 to steer four shots clear of the rest of the pack. He finished the tournament at 9-under-par 275 and picked up a 4-shot victory over Richard Sterne. The win was McDowell's second European Tour win of the season, and his third of the year having also won the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage.
The Northern Ireland native sank five birdies and made just one bogey in the final round on his way to the title.
Joining McDowell in Paris will be U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer and Victor Dubuisson, both of which are among the top players in the world.
Kaymer is looking to get back on track after shooting even-par through two rounds and missing the cut at last week's BMW International Open, just two weeks after his U.S. Open victory.
Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds.
The tour will be in Aberdeen, Scotland next week for the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open, where Phil Mickelson birdied the first playoff hole to defeat Branden Grace and secure his first European Tour win. Mickelson finished the event at 17-under 271.
NOVA SCOTIA OPEN, Ashburn Golf Club, Halifax, Canada - The Web.com Tour heads north of the border this week for the Nova Scotia Open at Ashburn Golf Club.
It is the first time that the Web.com Tour will play a tournament in Nova Scotia.
The event will feature last week's winner Greg Owen, who held off Ryan Armour and Mark Hubbard to win the United Leasing Championship in Evansville, Indiana. Owen finished at 9-under 279, one shot better than Armour and Hubbard.
Golf Channel will have coverage of all four rounds.
The Web.com heads west next week for the Utah Championship, where Steven Alker won last year.
PGA TOUR CANADA
SIGA DAKOTA DUNES OPEN, Dakota Dunes Golf Links, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - The PGA Tour Canada is set to kick off its fourth event of the year with the SIGA Dakota Dunes Open this week.
Wil Collins shot a final-round, 6-under 66 at last year's event to finish the week at 21-under-par 267. Collins narrowly beat out Ryan Yip, John Ellis and Nick Taylor, all of whom ended at 20-under. Collins has been playing on the Web.com Tour this year.
Joel Dahmen will be back in action again this week, looking for his third win on the PGA Tour Canada this year. Dahmen won by five shots at the Syncrude Boreal Open two weeks ago. He also won the PC Financial Open, the first event of the year.
Dahmen also played on the Web.com Tour at last week's United Leasing Championship, but he failed to make the cut. In three PGA Tour Canada events this year, Dahmen has finished first twice and tied for 13th at the Bayview Place Island Savings Open.
The tour will also be in action next week for The Players Cup, where Carlos Sainz, Jr. beat out Nathan Tyler by one shot last year.
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