Blixt hoping to stake Ryder Cup claim at Wentworth

Jonas Blixt is a man on a mission as he prepares for his biggest tournament outside the four golfing majors, the BMW PGA Championship.

The Swede arrived at Wentworth yesterday in determined mood as he set his sights on forcing his way into Paul McGinley’s European Ryder Cup team.

Wentworth figures high on Blixt’s list of priorities but it was clear Gleneagles, and catching up with the captain, was on his mind yesterday.

He said: “We were supposed to meet at Sawgrass. We never got a chance to do it there, our flights were delayed.

“Hopefully I get to meet him this week. When I’ve spoken to him, he seems like a great captain and a great guy. I would love to play for him.”

Blixt’s appearance at Wentworth will be his fifth European Tour event of the season. He needs to play 13 to gain Tour membership. Should he be in the running for Gleneagles, the man who splits his time between the PGA Tour and the European Tour, will pull out all the stops to ensure he makes the team. He said: “It’s tight when you play two tours, absolutely. My schedule is pretty much set for the rest of the year. It was set pretty much in beginning of January.

“I haven’t changed it but I’m considering doing it. If I’m on the brink of making one of the spots, absolutely I’ll change.”

The Ryder Cup looms on the horizon but for now, Blixt’s focus is on this week and he knows a good week can go a long way to putting him in McGinley’s thoughts.

He said: “I always wanted to play the greatest events, and this is definitely, outside the majors, the biggest one.”