Jan. 11, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After an incredible 2011 season on the Nationwide Tour, Jonas Blixt is moving up in his profession.
The former Florida State golfer, who turned pro just a few short years ago in 2008, will compete in his first PGA Tour event when he hits the links at the Sony Open in Hawaii at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The tournament, which starts Jan. 12, has a purse of $5,500,000 with a winning share of $990,000.
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“I know Jonas is extremely excited and we are extremely excited for him,” FSU men’s golf coach Trey Jones said. “Sitting here today, the day before his first PGA Tour event, it’s just a dream for him. He has earned it. He is one of the guys that out-worked everybody at practice everyday and good things come to those people that do that. This is a new beginning for him and we are extremely proud of him.”
Blixt, 27, finished fifth on the money list on the Nationwide Tour to earn his PGA Tour card after earning $327,020 from 23 events. He made the cut in 17 of those tournaments and finished in the top 10 eight different times. Blixt also registered three second-place finishes, a third-place finish and was in the top 25 of finishers 10 times.
Not bad for a former hockey player in his native Sweden.
Blixt, who was born in Nassjo, Sweden and played for his state’s hockey team before turing his full attention to golf, earned second-team All-American honors at FSU in 2007 and then captured first-team honors a year later before turning pro.
He won four events during his collegiate career.
“Growing up in Sweden with the short season you have to have other things to do,” Jones said. “He progressed late. He wasn’t one of the elite players at 17 years old or 18 years old but kept developing into that. Jonas is a player that once he reaches a level, he very rarely moves backward. He keeps moving forward up the ladder.
“I look for him to struggle this year at times as all rookies do but he will use the experience as a positive and he won’t make the same mistakes twice.”
Coverage of the Sony Open in Hawaii begins Thursday at 7 p.m. ET on the Golf Channel and it will air on that same network at the same time until Sunday.
Blixt tees off at 8:50 a.m. local time and is in a group with John Oda and Kyle Reifers.
“I always want to compete against the best players in the world,” Blixt said in a video interview on PGATour.com. “I’ve never even been to a PGA Tour event so the first one is going to be my first [attended] and I am going to play in it. I don’t really know what to expect [this season].”