Monday, October 15

Who Are Those Guys? Jonas Blixt Edition



Editor’s note: In “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” Butch (Paul Newman) and Sundance (Robert Redford) kept saying, “Who are those guys?” That line reminds me of the PGA Tour some weeks.

Meet Jonas Blixt
IF YOU WATCHED THE FRYS.COM OPEN this past weekend, then you probably know far more than I do about Jonas Blixt. Blixt, a PGA Tour rookie, won in his 19th start by firing a final-round 68 to edge Tim Petrovic and Jason Kokrak by a shot. A native Swede who attended Florida State and lives in the Jacksonville area, Blixt is the third rookie to win on tour this season. The others are “Who Are Those Guys?” (WATG) Ted Potter Jr. (The Greenbrier Classic) and John Huh (Mayakoba Golf Classic).

“The weird part,” Blixt said about his victory, “is I’ve been working on some stuff with my swing, and I wasn’t feeling completely 100 percent about my swing.”

(Then he knows how a lot of us feel.)

“I just told myself, ‘Just give it a good hit every time and see what happens. Just focus. You can’t do anything better than your best.’ That’s what I did on every shot.”

Blixt came from behind. John Mallinger held the 54-hole lead but faded to a fourth-place finish after a 72. Finishing third last week in Las Vegas, Blixt was obviously playing pretty well coming into the event. He said his family was with him in San Martin so “I’ve barely touched a golf club after a round, which is really weird for me.”

Family time—can’t beat it.

So, here’s what his PGA Tour profile says: Jonas Blixt loves hockey and played for his state hockey team in Sweden. He loves competing and trying new things. His favorite golf course is Kingston Heath in Melbourne, Australia. He wants to play Augusta (he’ll get an invite now) and prefers his mom’s cooking. And his first car was a Ford Mustang.

Blixt has five top-10 finishes in his 19 starts, including two thirds to go along with his win. He has earned $2.2 million and is No. 75 in the Official World Golf Ranking.

More WATG:
Ted Potter Jr. and Troy Kelly
Scott Stallings
Gary Woodland
Keegan Bradley

2 comments :

Anonymous said...

Well, after that win he is 75th on the world golf ranking and 35th on the pga money list. Rookie of the year, maybe?

The Armchair Golfer said...

Maybe so. Thanks for the correction on his ranking, too.