WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. – Prior to the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic, defending champion Jonas Blixt discussed winning this event. He talked about how he didn’t think he was in contention last year until the 16th hole on Sunday afternoon, how he doesn’t get nervous when in contention, and how – despite not playing his best golf recently – he wouldn’t be surprised if he plays well this week.
Through one round, that last statement is already proving prophetic.
Blixt shot a 6-under 64 – his first round in the 60s in his last 18 and his best score of the season by two strokes.
“I talked to my caddie about it and on the first tee,” Blixt said. “There was no wind, so I just said to him, ‘I’m going to be really aggressive today.’ He was like, ‘Yeah, I like that.’ Just go out there and make as many birdies as possible.”
For the day, Blixt posted eight birdies against just two bogeys.