July 18, 2008
IRVINE, Scotland –
Seminole All-America golfer Jonas Blixt, who earned his bachelors degree in multinational business in April, helped lead Europe 14-10 to a victory over the United States in the Palmer Cup Championship on the Gailes Links at the Glasgow Golf Club. Blixt was undefeated in his five tries as he won two singles matches and three foursome matches.
Blixt’s undefeated record at the 2008 Palmer Cup gave him a total of seven career Palmer Cup wins – the third most in the history of the event. He trails only Alejandro Canizares of Spain (13 wins) and Rhys Davies of Wales (nine) on the career win’s list.
Blixt helped Europe move ahead early in the event as he teamed with Jonas Enander Hedin to win the first four-ball match of the event. The pair of Blixt and Hedin won the round on the 17th hole as Hedin drained a 35-foot putt to secure the match. Blixt returned in the afternoon round and counted a 5 and 4 victory over Adam Mitchell to help the Europeans’ cause.
Despite Blixt’s fine play on day one, the Europeans trailed the United States, 6.5-5.5, on the scoreboard. The Europeans reclaimed the team on the morning of the second day as they swept the morning foursomes from the United States group.
Blixt, who was once again teamed with Hedin, posted a 4 and 3 victory over Aaron Goldberg and Michael Thompson in the day two morning round. The pair of Swedes won the first hole but lost the lead with a bogey on the second hole. The U.S. duo took the lead with a birdie on hole No. 5 but lost that lead with a bogey only two holes later. The two sides traded the next four holes and Blixt and Hedin taking control of the match on holes 13 and 14 before winning the match on hole 17.
Blixt continued to play well in the final singles match of the event and defeated the U.S.A.’s Thompson, 2 and 1. Blixt took the first hole before Thompson won the next two. Blixt took the lead on hole four with a birdie and seemingly took control of the match with an eagle on hole five to take a three hole lead. Thompson recovered and cut the lead to one by hole no. 12. Blixt would win hole no. 14 and the final three holes finished in a tie to give Blixt the victory.
“It is great to bring the Palmer Cup championship back to the European side,” said Blixt. “It was fun playing with a fellow countryman; it was fun playing with all of the guys on our team. We prepared well and believed we could win this event all long.”
Day One Four-Ball Matches: Blixt/Hedin, Europe, def, Hadley/Mitchell, USA, 1-up Day One Single Matches: Jonas Blixt, Europe and FSU, def. Adam Mitchell, USA, 5 and 4 Day One Foursome Matches: Blixt/Hedin, Europe, def. Goldber/Thompson, USA Day Two Foursome Matches: Blixt/Hedin, Europe, def, Goldberg/Thompson, USA, 4 and 3 Day Two Singles Matches: Jonas Blixt, Europe and FSU, def. Michael Thompson, USA, 2 and 1