Blixt solid in Masters debut, with a few slips
Thursday, April 10, 2014
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jonas Blixt said he would like to have a word or two with fellow Swede Henrik Stenson after shooting a 70 in his debut performance at the Masters. Blixt joked that he might challenge the World No. 3 in the parking lot before thinking the better of it.
“I won't do that," Blixt said. "He's way stronger than me.”
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So what had Blixt all riled up, you ask? Blixt blamed Stenson for jinxing him.
It turns out Blixt, a Masters rookie, had sought course advice from Stenson, a veteran of eight previous Masters appearances. When discussing Pink Dogwood, the 575-yard second hole, Stenson told Blixt that if he were to hit it left off the tee there, he'd never do it again.
“And I kind of thought about it today a little bit,” Blixt said.
Then, as if under hypnosis, Blixt hooked it left into trouble.
“And I got really lucky twice,” Blixt said. “And I made par.”
Blixt also dodged trouble at the seventh hole, where he canned a 9-foot putt to save bogey. But he wasn’t as fortunate at the last after hooking his tee shot into the pine trees and being forced to chip out. His 15-foot par putt horseshoed out of the hole.
“That was a little heartbreak; yeah, absolutely, it would have been nice to shoot in the 60s out here,” Blixt said. “But, you know, I made so many putts on the front. I mean, I could have easily made double on 7 and got a good break there, and made a couple of putts just to stay in it.”
And if Stenson is right, Blixt learned an important lesson and will never go left off the tee at No. 2.