Blixt accelerates Tour joyride with race for top 30
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – When Jonas Blixt was in grade school in Sweden, he used colored pencils to draw the holes of Augusta National. While much of the attention this week will be focused on No. 125 on the PGA Tour’s money list (the cutoff for players looking to earn their cards for 2013), Blixt will be focused on the 30th spot. At No. 35 in earnings, Blixt must jump five places Sunday to earn his first start at the Masters next spring.
“Friends keep asking ‘Why are you playing this week?’ ” Blixt said. Simply put, he’s seeing green.
Though it goes against many insiders’ advice, the Frys.com Open winner has made it his mission this year to earn as much money as possible.
“The American dream, right?” the Swede said with a laugh.
A big boost in cash this week would take care of two immediate goals: top 30 on the money list and a strong chance at PGA Tour Rookie of the Year. Blixt, 28, has five top-10 finishes in 20 events and has earned $2,206,241. That puts him $277,854 behind No. 30 Ben Curtis.
Asked who has the more difficult task: Those trying to crack the top 125 or top 30? Blixt said it’s no contest.
“The guy trying to get his card,” Blixt said. “That’s his job; that’s his living.”
At the start of the year, that was Blixt’s initial goal: make enough money to keep his job. Now he’s figuring out ways to spend his hard-earned cash.
The bachelor’s first big purchase: a table tennis table. Alas, the splurge was too big for his Jacksonville, Fla., apartment and was moved to the garage.
In the offseason, Blixt will look for a new set of wheels, probably one with the letters BMW. Blixt’s 2005 Mustang got plenty of ink after he told the story of a Florida mechanic who once took his car for a joy ride to New York and back when Blixt left it in his care for repairs during a five-week stint on the road. Since he vaulted up the money list with his Frys.com victory last month, Blixt has been asked repeatedly about trading in the Mustang.
“Maybe I’ll put it up on Twitter and see if anyone wants to buy it,” Blixt said. “Good engine; never had a problem with the engine.”
In fact, Blixt’s old Mustang probably could make the 250-mile drive from Jacksonville to Augusta with no trouble. A most welcome joyride, indeed.