Blixt solid in Masters debut, with a few slips

Jonas Blixt during Thursday's first round of the 2014 Masters at Augusta National.

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.”

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.

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