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Jonas Blixt in Ryder Cup contention

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Jonas Blixt has put himself in contention to make his Ryder Cup debut after his second place finish at The Masters, according to Europe skipper Paul McGinley.

The Swede shot a final round of 71 at Augusta on Sunday to leave him on five-under for the tournament, meaning he tied with Jordan Spieth just three shots behind winner Bubba Watson.

When he finished fourth in the US PGA Championship last August, Blixt suggested that he could be in line to make the Ryder Cup squad at Gleneagles. After four sub-par rounds at Augusta, Blixt's suggestion is supported by Europe captain Paul McGinley.

"Jonas put himself in the driving seat to possibly make the team," McGinley told Sky Sports.

McGinley is set to name the team on August 31 with the top four players in the European points list, five from the World points list and three wildcard picks being named.

"He was quite far back on points before this week; he's performed well again for the second consecutive Major, having played very well at the US PGA when there were also points available.

"It's quite clear that he's a man for the big occasion; he wasn't daunted by coming down the stretch in a Major championship. Certainly he's a player who would be good enough for the Ryder Cup team; it's up to him as to how he plays in the summer as to whether he makes it or not.

McGinley continued: "His short game was special. I think he was third or fourth in putting for the week but his chipping was superb too.

"But it wasn't just that. It wasn't just a short-game exhibition. This guy has got a lot of heart and a lot of game; he had a lot of focus coming down those last holes. He certainly wasn't daunted and it's important, if he's going to be a Ryder Cup player that he has that psyche and it's quite clear he has."

Blixt, who was making his debut at Augusta, admitted he was pleased with his tournament performance. The 29-year old began the final day just one shot off the lead but struggled to catch the leaders as he ground out 15 pars.

"I'm kind of lost for words here," he said. "It was a great day. I played decently, hit my driver a lot better, just didn't get my approaches as close as I wanted and didn't give myself enough opportunities to make birdies.

"Overall a decent round and when you shoot under par at Augusta National on a Sunday, you should be pretty happy."

The Ryder Cup hopeful also congratulated Bubba Watson on his second Green Jacket in three years, but also admitted that he can't wait to return to Augusta in the future.

"Bubba Watson played better, I got beat and he deserves to win. I congratulate him for that but I learned a lot today and have a lot more new experiences and can't wait to come back."

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