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Swedish star Jonas Blixt has admitted he would love a place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team this September as he aims to play his way into contention.
The 30-year-old has enjoyed a hugely successful time in the past year, recording a fourth-place finish at the PGA Championship in August in what was his second start in a major, followed by a tie for second on his Masters debut most recently in April.
Blixt, who claimed his second career title on the US circuit at the 2013 Greenbrier Classic, has demanded respect from the golfing world after the latest performances and the Swede is hotly tipped to be included in Paul McGinley’s European squad.
The rise to 35th in the world has also added to the claims of the Nassjo-born professional, but the right-hander has admitted that the thought of making the team doesn’t come into play on the course.
“Not at all when I am on the golf course, you can’t think about stuff that could happen on the golf course,” he said.
“But you do plan a little bit accordingly and practice accordingly for the tournaments that really matter to Ryder Cup selection. So it’s absolutely on my mind. I would really love to make the team.”
Europe are slight favourites to claim a third consecutive title at 1.77, but the American team will be looking to earn a first win since 2008, especially after the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ moment they fell victim to last time out.