LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Jonas Blitz claimed his first PGA Tour victory three weeks ago at the Frys.com Open to secure exempt status the next two years, but that doesn’t mean he won’t be feeling pressure this week in the season-ending Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic.
For Blixt, this feels like a Masters qualifying tournament.
As winner of a Fall Series event, Blixt did not get a Masters invite. He is, however, now 35th on the PGA Tour money list. If his winning at Disney this week helps him crack the top 30 on the season-ending money list, he will earn a Masters’ invite.
“It is a huge week,” said Blixt, a 28-year-old rookie from Sweden.
Blixt said he grew up so enamored with The Masters that he did elaborate course drawings of Augusta National when he was about 8 years old.
“It would be a dream come true,” Blixt said of a Masters' invite.
Blixt needs at least a top-three finish to earn that Masters invite. Ben Curtis currently sits 30th on the money list with $2,484,095, which is $277,854 ahead of Blixt.
A carefree Blixt cracked that he has learned to simplify his approach to goal-setting on the PGA Tour.
“It sounds weird, but the more money you make, the easier it is to reach your goals,” Blixt said. “Now, I just try to make as much money as possible. The American dream, right?"
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