Number crunching: Jonas Blixt

Over the final two weeks of 2014, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months in the Golfweek/Sagarin rankings.

Check out the entire series here.

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Jonas Blixt

Ranking/movement: -136 (No. 253 from No. 117)

Why the fall? Injuries and illnesses caught up with him.

A tie for second at the Masters usually would be a catalyst to a season, but for Jonas Blixt it was the highlight.

It was the 30-year-old Swede’s only top 10 of the season, with two T-35s as his next-best finishes since Augusta (Greenbrier and PGA Championship).

“It was just small things,” Blixt said of his year that included nine missed cuts. “I got a little hurt, was gone for a week … went home five times this year, got sick like every time I came back, and never really got into being able to practice as much as I wanted to.”

Blixt’s statistics were fairly consistent across the board during the past two seasons. One possible culprit for his subpar play could be that his scoring average increased about a half-shot, from 71.11 in 2013 to 71.58 in 2013-14. Blixt dropped 47 places in that category. His scoring average before the cut also went up this season: 72.15 (170th) from 71.42 (130th).

Blixt also had membership on the European Tour last season, and that took a toll. His scoring average increased on the European Tour. It was up 1.7 shots year over year (70.25 in 2013 to 71.95 this year).

Blixt regained some confidence late in the year at the Volvo Match Play in Europe, with a tie for fifth.

Blixt says: “I learned a lot from (playing two tours). I think just too many things (were) going on, and after a while you start doubting yourself and not enjoying yourself as much on the golf course. … Instead of taking it with a smile, you start beating yourself up, and it just transpires. It just snowballs, kind of builds and builds.”

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