Blixt to pursue dual PGA Tour, European status
Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Jonas Blixt has every intention of giving it a go, but he understands it’s not going to be easy to maintain memberships on both the American and European tours.
The 29-year-old will continue to focus on the American tour, but he’ll try for the first time to also satisfy the European required minimum of 13 starts. A key is the majors and World Golf Championships as there are four of each; unfortunately for Blixt, he’s presently only qualified for three of the majors (Masters, U.S. Open, PGA) and the only WGC he can feel sure about is the Accenture Match Play Championship.
“I’ve got to stay in the top 50,” said Blixt, No. 42 in the Official World Golf Ranking. “That’s a key.”
He doesn’t foresee going over to Europe until sometime in late May. How many tournaments he chases back home depends on how the Swede does in getting into the WGCs and even the Open Championship (he’d have to be to 50 by late May). Blixt is aware of the dangers that lurk by pushing to have dual memberships.
“You can put a lot of miles and a lot of wear and tear,” he said, “and you can be more prone to injuries.”
Blixt moved into the circle of PGA Tour security thanks to victories in each of the last two seasons. But the move into a house not far from PGA Tour headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.? It came courtesy of his desire to add stability to his life.
Blixt said he’s in Jacksonville Beach for several years and feels comfortable in that area. There’s the added fact that he often practices at the Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. “It just made sense.”
It did not come without its stress, however, because in an effort to get things squared away before going to Sweden for a few days, Blixt bought the house in November, took two days to move in, then went back home to visit family and friends. Actually, it will be a few more weeks before he is able to enjoy the house, because Blixt stayed in Maui right after the Hyundai, then he’ll head to Southern California for a few days to test some new equipment.
He’ll play the Humana, the Farmers Insurance Open, and the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
And then he’ll go to his new home?
Maybe, but there’s also the matter of having his visa renewed, and Blixt has settled on a February trip to Costa Rica where he and his brother will combine that duty with a few days of sun and fun.
Costa Rica? For a U.S. visa? Seems curious and Blixt said it was to him, too, but he knows it’s a legitimate way to go and so Costa Rica here he comes.
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