Following a second-round 64, Jonas Blixt reflects on his play in the 2012 Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with Bob Stevens from SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.
NORTON, Mass. – PGA TOUR rookie Jonas Blixt was just inside the top 70 in FedExCup points when he finished his round Monday. But he soon fell outside the number who’ll advance to next week’s BMW Championship.
Asked after his round what he would do for the next few hours while the top 70 become official, Blixt replied: “I don’t know. Pray. Go scream or something.”
Blixt, who entered this week ranked 97th in points, made a valiant effort to get inside the top 70, shooting 6 under for the week, including a final-round 3-under 68.
But Dicky Pride, who was one spot ahead of Blixt at No. 96, also finished with the same score. He’s projected to get the final spot while Blixt is projected at N0. 71. Pride finished with birdies on his last two holes, while Blixt birdied the 17th but failed to birdie the par-5 18th.
Straddling that top 70 cutline during his final round took a mental toll.
“It’s almost the worst position ever,” he said. “It’s a little nerve-wracking.
“At least I played a good round today and I can be happy about that. I’ll look at it in a positive way and keep my fingers crossed the next couple hours.”
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
For those players currently not inside the top 70 in FedExCup points, this week’s Deutsche Bank Championship at TPC Boston represents a last chance to move up and secure a spot at the third stop in the Playoffs, next week’s BMW Championship.
Here’s a closer look at five players who I think could move from outside the top 70 in the FedExCup standings to inside the top 70 and advance to Crooked Stick. Fill out the form below and let me know if you agree or disagree with my picks.
Charl Schwartzel (No. 71): The biggest reason I think Schwartzel moves on? He’s just one spot outside the magic number. The South African doesn’t have much of a Playoffs history -- last year was his one and only year in it -- but he’s missed just one cut since April. If that trend continues, he should move up at least one spot and advance. Three of Schwartzel’s last four finishes have been in the top 25.
Roberto Castro (No. 80): The 27-year-old already busted the bubble once, tying for 24th at The Barclays to move up 20 spots in the FedExCup standings and advance to TPC Boston. Prior to that, the rookie had missed his last three cuts. But in the two starts before that, he finished seventh and 18th. More to like about Castro: He’s 19th in total driving and 13th in greens in regulation.
Charley Hoffman (No. 86): After missing his fourth consecutive cut last week, Hoffman fell from 67th to 86th. On the bright side, a return trip to TPC Boston should conjure up some good memories and hopefully good play. Hoffman won the Deutsche Bank Championship two years ago and earlier this year he finished second at the nearby Travelers Championship. Whatever the reason, the Californian seems to play well in the New England area.
Jason Day (No. 88): Like Castro, he tied for 24th at The Barclays to make it to the Deutsche Bank Championship. Last year, Day tied for third at TPC Boston. Of course he was also playing a lot better then, too. The Aussie has good history there, however, tying for second in 2010 and 19th the year before.
Jonas Blixt (No. 97): A rib injury derailed what was a successful rookie campaign for Bilxt, who was sidelined two months. Prior to getting hurt, Blixt had strung together three straight top 10s at the Wells Fargo Championship, HP Byron Nelson Championship and Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial. He also tied for 13th at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans. He’ll need a similar performance to advance, but as one of the game’s best putters he certainly has a chance.
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Eight PGA TOUR rookies have stepped off of the golf course and into the world of high-end fashion for the new issue of ForbesLife magazine .
Tommy Biershenk, Jonas Blixt, Bud Cauley, Gary Christian, Harris English, J.J. Killeen, Danny Lee and Jamie Lovemark had the opportunity to demonstrate their modeling ability in designs by some of the world’s most renowned fashion manufacturers -- including Calvin Klein, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Rolex and Audemars Piguet, among others.
The photo shoot took place at the Fairmont Princess Hotel, adjacent to TPC Scottsdale during the week of the Waste Management Phoenix Open, with acclaimed French photographer Antoine Verglas capturing the images that were styled by Joseph DeAcetis, the magazine’s style editor.
The 10-page spread, entitled Clubhouse Confidential ( click here for more ), coincides with the relaunch of ForbesLife , which for the first time will be offered on newsstands across the nation and also be available in replica-form for nooks, kindles and iPads.
Verglas, who is based in New York, is recognized for introducing the “Verglas Signature” to glamour photography in the 1990s, an intimate style of capturing a personality of his subjects. His work has appeared in all the leading fashion magazines.
“I think it's fun,” Verglas said of the rookie photo shoot. “They could be models, you know. They did great. They have good looking personalities and are great looking guys and the pictures were really good.”
DeAcetis noted that ForbesLife was going under a redesign and that the idea behind the photo shoot was to reach a new, younger audience. “These athletes transcend any economic level,” he said. “They're great players, and this is what men are interested in. We have a high standard here at ForbesLife that we have to convey and I think that these guys did an amazing job.”
DeAcetis said they worked extensively on matching colors and sizes, and then matching them to ideal locations at the Fairmont Princess. “The shoot is shorter jackets and tighter pants; it's more modern, the cut,” he said. “And that's what these guys are, 21st century men. So it has a little more life to it than a traditional suit or traditional jacket. And that's what these guys embody … the next expectations, they're the next big players.”
Cauley said he had a lot of fun participating in the shoot. “It definitely was my first experience with something like that,” he said. “They dressed me up in really nice clothes and did my hair a little bit differently. We’ll see how it turns out, but I trust what they were doing and I’m sure it will all look great.”
English agreed. "It was crazy, I've never done the modeling experience before,” he said. “It was cool. These are pretty sweet clothes and it was fun. I could definitely do it again; it wasn't bad at all."
Christian, the oldest among the participants at age 40, added, “I enjoyed the experience and would definitely do it again. It was interesting to me as an arty guy how the photographer set up shots and how much of a perfectionist the stylist was.”
PGA TOUR Entertainment was on hand to film the photo shoot and will feature it on an upcoming edition of Inside the PGA TOUR on Golf Channel in early April.
LA JOLLA, Calif. -- Jonas Blixt grew up in Sweden but he came to the United States to play golf at Florida State.
The Nationwide Tour grad credits the Seminole golf program as being instrumental in his development as a golfer. So Blixt was pleased to learn that the 65 he shot Saturday in the third round of the Farmers Insurance Open would help Florida State, as well as move him up 35 spots on the leaderboard.
That's because Saturday was University Day at Torrey Pines and the player who shot the lowest score earned $20,000 for his college program. Cameron Tringale’s 66 meant Georgia Tech would receive $10,000, as well, and all the pros wearing their school colors received $500 for their college teams..
"When I can help my college out, I want to do that," said Blixt, who will start the final round at 11 under and trailing Kyle Stanley by seven strokes. "Without them, I would never be here.
“I grew up a lot over there. They helped me with everything. I mean, I got to be a lot better player there, and I had a lot of fun there too. So I hope I can help them."