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Sunday, May 20, 2012
Marc Leishman, Jonas Blixt fade at No. 17

By Randy Jennings

IRVING, Texas -- Comments from a couple of young gun HP Byron Nelson contenders that came up a little short in Sunday’s final round:

*Marc Leishman (9-under, tied for third): “This was a great week for me. Anytime you can have a crack at a win on Sunday, it‘s a lot of fun and hopefully I can do it again soon. I hit the ball well all day, but my three-putt on No. 17 was costly. I left it in a tough spot behind the hole.

“I had a couple of good chances on No. 11 and 12, which I just left short in the middle.’’

It was Leishman’s third top-12 finish at the Nelson.

*Jonas Blixt (9-under, tied for third): “It’s getting better and better, to get to know yourself and how to respond to the pressure that you have. It’s a feeling that you never really feel unless you are here. When I got the eagle [at No. 7] going I felt like maybe if I can get a couple of more birdies going I might have a chance.’’

Like Leishman, Blixt had a momentum-crushing bogey at No. 17. Blixt's tee shot on the par-3 flew the green, leaving him a difficult downhill chip of 82 feet that he failed to get within 20 feet of the cup.