PITTSFORD, N.Y. - Jonas Blixt made birdie on No. 18 Saturday in a truly original way: He sank two shots on one hole. He finished traditionally, draining a three-foot putt. That was after he had landed his tee shot in a spectator's pocket.
"It was very fortunate that he was standing where he was so I didn't have to deal with too many trees and stuff like that," said Blixt, a 29-year-old PGA Tour player from Sweden. He was allowed a free drop in a decent location on his final hole at the PGA Championship. "I hit a good 5-iron, I got a lucky bounce up the hill and it trickled to three feet. Thank you. Hats off to someone who did that for me."
Of course, it wasn't a hat that was the pivotal article of clothing, it was a pair of pants. The tee shot was more unlikely than a hole-in-one, considering that a pocket is a much smaller target than a golf hole.
"I couldn't get a card and a pencil in my back pocket, never mind a golf ball," said Lee Westwood, who played with Blixt. "So he's doing well to catch that on the fly in his back pocket, that gentleman. I think the Yankees ought to sign him up."
Blixt said: "I never heard of anything like that. Actually, I have heard about that. Someone who is a friend of my father hit someone in the [rear] one day. The first thing that came out of his mouth: 'Did it plug?' "
Of course he was referring to the golf term for an embedded ball.
The birdie put him at 6 under par, right in contention. Blixt has won twice on the PGA Tour, including the Greenbrier Classic this year, and is mindful that no Swede ever has won a men's major. When he was asked if he drew inspiration from Adam Scott emotionally ending Australia's drought at the Masters, he said: "Well, Adam doesn't do it for me. But I would definitely really, really love to win one for Sweden and for myself."