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Continued: Swede Jonas Blixt shoots 3-under 67, wins Greenbrier Classic by 2 shots over 4 others

  • Article by: JOHN RABY , AP Sports Writer
  • Last update: July 9, 2013 - 1:33 AM

Spieth ran off nine straight pars to start Sunday's round, then had two bogeys in a four-hole stretch. He shot 73 and finished tied for 23rd at 6 under. The 19-year-old Texan is still searching for an elusive win that would give him his PGA Tour membership and make him eligible for the FedEx Cup playoffs. He is assured of a tour card when the new season starts in October.

Walker joined four others after the Greenbrier Classic to earn spots in the British Open as the leading five players not already exempt from the top 20 in the FedEx Cup standings. He moved up to 17th. The others are Billy Horschel, Boo Weekley, Russell Henley and Harris English.

The Greenbrier Classic has had close finishes in every year of its four-year existence. The tournament went to playoffs the past two years and Stuart Appleby shot 59 to win by a stroke in 2010.

The tournament's end means New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton can go back to his regular job after carrying the bag of friend Ryan Palmer.

"It's a good grind, good exercise," Payton said. "I thought Ryan was really patient."

Palmer shot a 71 Sunday to finish in a tie for 62nd at even par.

"It was a blast," Palmer said. "I was more relaxed. A vacation golf tournament. I wish I could have played better."

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