Blixt continues rise up major ranks with opening 70


AUGUSTA, Ga. – Jonas Blixt was in sole possession of the Masters lead until a par attempt on the final hole curiously lipped out and left him with an opening-round 2-under 70.

Even so, he wasn’t unhappy about it.

“That was a little heartbreak, yeah, absolutely; it would have been nice to shoot in the 60s out here,” he said. “But you know, I made so many putts on the front. I mean I could have easily made double on (No.) 7 and got a good break there. And made a couple of putts just to stay in it. Yeah, absolutely it would have been nice to be in the 60s, but I'm OK with it.”

Blixt is quickly making a habit of being a strong major championship performer. In his first major start at last year’s Open Championship, he finished tied for 26th place. He then followed with a solo fourth at the PGA Championship.

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Now he’s looking solid so far in his Masters debut.

“I just need to play smart and aggressive. Augusta, the thing is you never know is what's going to happen tomorrow. I feel like I can shoot really low out here. And I really like the golf course the way it sets up. But you could also have a really awful day when you catch all the bad breaks.

“But, no, it's wonderful to just be here and walk around here. It's such a great surrounding and acoustics and everything. It's a cool, special feeling.”