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The Tour Report

October 17 2012

7:18 PM

Blixt's long road to TOUR winner

Celebration time

On Sunday, Jonas Blixt became the third rookie on the PGA TOUR to win this season.

By Bill Cooney, PGATOUR.COM ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- A Tiger-like fist pump. Champagne splashed in his face among family and friends. Hardly any sleep -- then more celebrating. That pretty much sums up the whirlwind of the past few days for rookie Jonas Blixt, this after winning for the first time on the PGA TOUR at the Frys.com Open on Sunday. Blixt was all smiles on Wednesday at The McGladrey Classic, still enjoying the limelight from his life-changing victory. The 28-year-old Blixt certainly earned the right to celebrate. After playing in college at Florida State, Blixt spent three seasons on the Web.com Tour, where he finished fifth on the money list in 2011. During that time, Blixt spent time near Orlando, an experience that he would like to forget. Blixt said Wednesday that he rented out a room above the garage in the house of a family during his time on the Web.com Tour. Not only did their schedule interrupt is ability to sleep into the late morning – “They got up at 7 and opened the garage and woke me up,” Blixt said – he had a bit of an issue with the mechanic who lived there. Apparently, Blixt needed some work done on his Ford Mustang. “I asked him to repair my car when I was gone for five weeks, and he drove it to New York and back. So things like that happened all the time. So it was a bad deal. I’m happy I’m out of there.” Blixt said he got the vehicle back and 2,700 miles had been tacked on to the odometer. “I was like, ‘how did you get 2,700 miles on my car? And he was like, ‘Well, I took it back and forth to the shop every day. And I’m like, ‘for five weeks, there was that much wrong with it?’” Blixt happily now resides in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., and rooms with Web.com Tour player Nick Flanagan. It’s right near the ocean – Blixt grew up near the sea in Sweden – and only a 10-minute drive from TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. “I love that golf course,” Blixt said of The Stadium Course. “It’s one of my favorite golf courses.” Blixt will have an opportunity to play it next May at THE PLAYERS Championship – an exemption he earned with his first victory. He was there this year, cheering on some of his friends and watching the action in the gallery. “When you walk around and you watch everybody else play,” Blixt said, “it kind of inspires you to play as well and play better so you can play the tournaments.” There’s plenty to look forward to this week, though. Blixt, who also finished third at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas two weeks ago, sits at No. 35 on the money list and would like to crack the top 30 to get into the Masters. And he feels just as good about his chances as he did last week. “You don’t go to a tournament unless you think you can win or you want to win,” Blixt said. “So I come here. I mean I have pretty good confidence in my game right now, and the things that I’ve been doing after the win is – it’s taking a lot of energy -- so I will see what my body does and how I respond to it.”