JONAS BLIXT | 2017 EMIRATES AUSTRALIAN OPEN | ROUND 3 GREENSIDE – 25 NOV 2017

Q.  You were flying under the radar a bit before today, but now you’re right up there in the mix and ready to go after this thing.

JONAS BLIXT:  Yeah, I don’t know.  I haven’t really checked the score board out.  The leaders went out probably like two hours after me, so we’ll see at the end of the day.  I might be up there.

Q.  What was it that clicked today that might not necessarily have been there before?

JONAS BLIXT:   I just hit the ball absolutely awful yesterday, trying to figure the wind out and the good shots went as bad as the bad shots went, so I kind of struggled yesterday, went to the range and had a little session with myself, and kind of figured out a couple of things and it seemed to work today.

Q.  Jonas, what has your previous experience been like in Australia playing golf, have you had much experience down here in the past?

JONAS BLIXT:   Been here for – well, I’ve been twice in Melbourne playing the Lunar Links, the Web.com event and then the World Cup at Royal Melbourne.  I really liked it, really enjoyed my time here and the golf courses are fun to play, and the people are great, so it was great to come down here to play the Open.

Q.  How does this course contrast to the two courses you played in Melbourne obviously?

JONAS BLIXT:   Lunar Links I don’t remember because it was such a long time ago.  Royal Melbourne, a lot older golf course, I don’t know, a little more technique, little more angles you have to play there than here.  This is a little more Americanised, I guess.  They’re all in great condition and it’s fun to play.

Q.  Throughout your round today, I don’t know if you’ve been looking at the leaderboard much, but everyone else has been going up and down in the one spot, not making much of a move.  Do you get a lot of confidence out of putting a few birdies together for tomorrow?

JONAS BLIXT:   Maybe.  Just going out there to try and hit some good shots to be honest with you.  Yesterday was just a complete struggle, I had to save myself a lot.  I probably hit like six greens yesterday and nine up and down, so that kind of saved me a little bit.  Today, I kind of used the flick a little bit more and got to putt for birdie instead of par, so it was kind of nice.

Q.  We know that you’ve got a connection with Smitty and that’s part of the reason you’re down here, what will you owe him if you do get this done tomorrow?

JONAS BLIXT:  I’m sorry?

Q.  What will you owe Smitty if you get this done tomorrow?  He got you down here.

JONAS BLIXT:  He owes me so much.  He’s got to pay it back some day.  I mean, because I’m doing his interview, after the tournament he won, he owes me for life.

Q.  Tomorrow, there’s going to be a lot of Australians around you and they’ve got the pressure of playing for their national championship, you don’t have that.  Can you free wheel a bit using that?

JONAS BLIXT:  I don’t know.  I’ve been doing this for so long now, it feels like – you always want to win, I mean, you always want to get in contention and see if you can pull one out of that.  As a golfer, I don’t think you really think about that too much when you’re in the moment, obviously it’s a nice perk, especially for the Australians to win this tournament.  But yeah, you’re always trying to win and there’s always a good feeling of winning something.  I don’t want to think about that now, I just want to enjoy my good round today and see if I can play well tomorrow.