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Blixt, Stadler off to hot starts at Greenbier, Open de France

First Round Update — PGA Tour — The Greenbrier Classic — The Old White TPC — White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia —

Sweden’s Jonas Blixt, already a two-time PGA Tour champion at age 30, managed a back-nine 31 to post a 64 as part of the morning wave to lead the PGA Tour’s Greenbrier Classic at the moment.

Blixt, the defending champion at the Old White TPC layout, was the best of the morning wave leading six players at 5-under by a shot including D.A. Points and Jason Bohn. Blixt won the title last year at 13-under overall.

He has missed a number of cuts this year including THE PLAYERS Championship and U.S. Open, but logged a T-2 effort at Augusta for the Masters.

Steve Stricker, Kevin Na and Sang-Moon Bae are all T-8 at 4-under through round one. The best rounds going in the afternoon wave include Robert Allenby, who is 3-under through five holes.

Other Golf News:

  • Rickie Fowler, No. 27 in the Official World Golf Rankings, was banged up in an auto accident earlier this week in Florida, but he reported that he is fine following the incident.
  • American Kevin Stadler, who won the PGA Tour earlier this season for the first time, leads the European Tour’s Alstom Open de France after 18 holes. Stads fired a 7-under-64. He is a shot up on Marcel Siem with Stephen Gallacher and Jamie Donaldson chasing. Defending champion Graeme McDowell is T-15, while Martin Kaymer is T-43 after a 72.
  • Tiger Woods sits 208th in the FedEx Cup Standings and 69th in the Ryder Cup standings. Woods has a long way to go to crack the Top 125 and earn a spot in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. His next big chances to scores points includes the Open Championship, the World Golf Championships — Bridgestone Invitational and the PGA Championship. Without a series of solid performances on tour, Woods may also need to rely on a captain’s pick to earn a spot on the U.S. Team for the Ryder Cup this September.
  • Blixt entered the week at 41st in the world rankings.