Swede Blixt ready to navigate uncharted Wentworth waters

Tue May 20, 2014 12:42pm EDT
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By Tony Jimenez

VIRGINIA WATER England (Reuters) - Jonas Blixt is one of golf's hottest players, having finished in the top four in the last two majors, but the Swede will take a step into the unknown when he makes his BMW PGA Championship debut this week.

The Florida-based professional spends most of his time in the United States and is relishing the prospect of taking on the cream of Europe's golfers on Wentworth's iconic West Course on the outskirts of London.

"My flight was delayed and I only got in here last night," Blixt told reporters on Tuesday. "I really had no clue what was going on.

"I asked two players about the course and they scared me a lot," he joked.

"As a European growing up you always want to play the greatest events and outside of the majors this is definitely the biggest one.

"I've been looking forward to coming back to Europe for a while. It's always fun to come back."

Blixt followed up his fourth place at the 2013 U.S. PGA Championship by finishing joint second behind Bubba Watson at last month's U.S. Masters.

First-timers rarely excel at Augusta National but the Swede said his display in the season's first major championship came as no surprise to him.   Continued...

Sweden's Jonas Blixt hits his tee shot on the second hole during the final round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 13, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Blake