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Blixt eyeing perfect finish

This has already been the best year of Swede Jonas Blixt's golfing life, but a move up the PGA Tour money list will provide a further boost.

Winner of his first title four weeks ago, the 28-year-old is 35th on the standings and the top 30 after the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic at the Disney World Resort in Florida earn invitations to next April's US Masters.

Blixt probably needs a top-three finish on Sunday and is determined to give it everything he has.

"I went there four years ago for the first time (just to watch) and thought it was the coolest golf course and atmosphere I'd ever seen," he said.

"It would be a dream come true."

He also has a chance to be the circuit's Rookie of the Year, not bad for someone whose target at the start of the season was simply "to make enough money to stay out here".

Surviving for another year remains the objective for many of the field at the last of the circuit's Fall Series - including England's Gary Christian.

A former contestant on "The Weakest Link", the 41-year-old from Carshalton became the oldest rookie on the circuit this season after graduating from the Nationwide Tour.

He has earned 385,000, but such are the riches on offer these days that he stands 127th on the money list - and only the top 125 on Sunday night keep their cards.

Christian trails 125th-placed Billy Mayfair by less than 2,200, which makes every single shot crucial.

The chance to secure his immediate future was there when he began the McGladrey Classic three weeks ago with an opening 67, but he ended up earning "only" 4,755 for joint 72nd place and has not had a top-20 finish since July.

"I've played very solid for a lot of tournaments and unfortunately your brain goes to kind of what you've been doing recently, which has not been terribly good," he said.

"You've just got to get back to telling yourself how good you are, how well you've played. I was telling my mum and dad and brother 'you've got to tell me how good I am'.

"English people are not the most rah-rah people. I think they said 'you're doing all right, we're very proud of you' - that's about as good as you get out of an English person."

Former Ryder Cupper Robert Karlsson needs a much bigger week than Christian to avoid the qualifying school - he is down at 161st place and probably needs a top-three finish.

The tournament is also of huge interest to Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts, one of Europe's heroes in Chicago in September, even though he is not playing.

Colsaerts' earnings in PGA Tour events this season would put him in 122nd place if he was a member and if he stays above the player who finishes 125th then he will be awarded a card for next season.

England's David Lynn, shock runner-up in the USPGA Championship in August, and Swede Peter Hanson have already done enough to earn cards.