Tour Report: Florida State won; can Blixt win too?

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LaBerge/Getty Images Rookie Jonas Blixt carded a back-nine, 5-under 31 on Saturday and is seeking his first PGA TOUR win.

By Bill Cooney, PGA TOUR.COM

Rookie Jonas Blixt was in prime position to pick up his first PGA TOUR victory last week.

Tied for the lead after 54 holes of the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, Blixt fired a final-round 70 and finished third. Then he provided an intriguing anecdote on Sunday night.

Blixt, a Florida State grad, watched (or heard) about the Seminoles’ upset loss to North Carolina State last Saturday — this prior to arguably the biggest round of his life.

“Feels like I’m moving in the right direction and (my swing is) getting better,” Blixt, a candidate for PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year, said last Sunday night. “So if it wasn’t for the Seminoles last night, I probably would be sitting down there with a trophy right now.”

This week, Florida State defeated Boston College 51-7. So will Blixt have higher spirits today, follow suit and win for the first time at the Open?

In any case, Blixt has certainly been knocking on the door. He has four top 10s this season — including a third last week and a T3 at the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Blixt also ranks third on the PGA TOUR in strokes gained-putting — always a good asset on Sundays.

Blixt carded a back-nine 5-under 31 on Saturday to get into contension again.

“The front nine is a little harder. The back nine you can make a couple birdies,” Blixt said Saturday night. “Hopefully I can finish like I did (Saturday).”