Swede Blixt happy to fly under Ryder Cup radar

Fri May 9, 2014 2:49pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

PONTE VEDRA BEACH Florida (Reuters) - Swede Jonas Blixt has won twice on the highly competitive U.S. PGA Tour in the last two years but is happy to be flying under the radar as a potential member of Europe's Ryder Cup team in September.

The 30-year-old from Nassjo has been based in the United States since he attended Florida State University on a golf scholarship and readily accepts that his name is not being bandied about as much as some of his other fellow Europeans.

"I have never played a Ryder Cup and obviously I'm not really one of the names they talk about," Blixt told Reuters after shooting a level-par 72 in the Players Championship second round on Friday.

"But I am trying to sneak up there and maybe be a name when it (Ryder Cup team selection) comes down to it.

"If he (European captain Paul McGinley) picks me, he picks me. If I automatically qualify for the team, I qualify. I'm going to give it my very best and see what happens."

The nine automatic selections for Europe's 12-man team will come from the top four players in the European order of merit points list and the leading five in the world rankings. McGinley will then complete his lineup with three wildcard selections.

Blixt, who has climbed to 35th in the world after highly impressive displays at the last two major championships, knows he faces an uphill task if he is to book his place on the team to take on the U.S. at Gleneagles, Scotland from Sept. 26-28.

"Making it via the European order of merit is obviously really hard because I am playing two tours and I don't get to play that many tournaments over there (in Europe)," said Blixt.   Continued...

May 2, 2014; Charlotte, NC, USA; Jonas Blixt hits from the fairway on the eleventh hole during the second round of the Wells Fargo Championship at Quail Hollow Club. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY