Aussie Gavin Coles grabbed a victory at the Winn-Dixie Jacksonville Open after a final one-over-par 71 he made to get ahead of Swedish Jonas Blixt by one shot. This year’s debut win sent the golfer to 15th place in the Nationwide Tour money list. The top 25 golfers on this list will qualify for PGA TOUR membership after next week’s season-ending Nationwide Tour Championship.
Coles had to sweat to snatch his fifth Nationwide Tour win and best Blixt in the final round. The wind speed increased to 20 mph, making it difficult to make good shots.
If the Aussie plays well in the next tournament, he will get his fifth berth to the PGA TOUR. Coles already got to the most prestigious organization of professional golfers through the Nationwide Tour in 2006, 2004 and 2002.
Despite finishing as a runner-up, Blixt was content with the tournament. The second-best result propelled him to number five in the Nationwide Tour money list, which means that the Swedish golfer will get the PGA Tour membership card next year. It will be the first time when Blixt will play on the PGA Tour.
Another Swedish golfer, David Lingmerth, finished third, making it his best result of the season in 25 appearances. This allowed him to jump from 75th to 50th, landing a spot in next week’s tournament in Charleston.