By Bill Cooney, PGA TOUR.COM
Rookie Jonas Blixt carded a
back-nine, 5-under 31 on Saturday and is seeking his first PGA
Rookie Jonas Blixt was in
prime position to pick up his first PGA TOUR victory last week.
Tied for the lead after 54 holes of the Shriners Hospitals for
Children Open, Blixt fired a final-round 70 and finished third.
Then he provided an intriguing anecdote on Sunday night. Blixt, a
Florida State grad, watched (or heard) about the Seminoles' upset
loss to North Carolina State last Saturday -- this prior to
arguably the biggest round of his life. "Feels like I'm moving in
the right direction and (my swing is) getting better," Blixt, a
candidate for PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, said last Sunday night.
"So if it wasn't for the Seminoles last night, I probably would be
sitting down there with a trophy right now." This week, Florida
State defeated Boston College 51-7. So will Blixt have higher
spirits today, follow suit and win for the first time at the
Frys.com Open? In any case, Blixt has certainly been knocking on
the door. He has four top 10s this season -- including a third last
week and a T3 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Blixt also ranks
third on the PGA TOUR in strokes gained-putting -- always a good
asset on Sundays. Blixt carded a back-nine 5-under 31 on Saturday
to get into contension again. "The front nine is a little harder.
The back nine you can make a couple birdies," Blixt said Saturday
night. "Hopefully I can finish like I did (Saturday)."