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Blixt eyes Ryder Cup spot after Masters runner-up

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Fresh off his best finish in a major, Jonas Blixt has made it clear that his goals for the balance of 2014 include earning a spot on the European Ryder Cup team this fall.

"It's been a lifelong dream," Blixt said Wednesday on "Morning Drive." "If I could get on that team, that would be unbelievable."

The 29-year-old Swede has only played in three majors in his brief PGA Tour career, but he's cracked the top five twice, including a co-runner-up finish last week at the Masters. With two wins under his belt, Blixt is one of several European notables who play primarily in the U.S., though he plans to add to his schedule in order to better his chances for Gleneagles.

"Hopefully I can be up there and be a name they talk about when they pick the team," Blixt said. "I'm going to play a couple more events over in Europe and try to work up some points."

Despite his high finish at Augusta National, Blixt still has some work to do to earn one of the nine automatic spots on the European squad. He's currently 15th on the European points list, from which the top four names will qualify, and 16th on the world points list, where the top five players not already qualified will be added. The list of Europeans in front of him in the standings - but still not in position to qualify automatically - includes former Ryder Cuppers Graeme McDowell, Francesco Molinari and Miguel Angel Jimenez.

While he still has ground to make up, Blixt remains optimistic about his chances and could still land one of three captain's picks allotted to Paul McGinley, with whom he first spoke at the PGA Championship last year, when Blixt finished fourth.

"He said, 'If you need any advice, if you need any help, please give me a call,'" Blixt said. "I think I'm on his radar."