Just when we thought that John Huh (Who? Huh?—Never gets old) had the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year hardware all wrapped up, Jonas Blixt has opened up the race for the Tour’s top freshman. Jonas has Blixt-ed the Tour the past two weeks, finishing solo 3rd at the Justin Timerblake Shriner’s Hospitals For Children Open in Las Vegas (aka the longest name of any tournament in PGA Tour history) and on Sunday captured the Frys.com Open, his first PGA Tour victory. Let’s breakdown each player’s resume so far this season:
John (Who?) Huh– Four top-10s, including a playoff victory at the Mayakoba Classic in February. Of the other three top 10s, Huh contended and ultimately finished t-2nd at the Valero Texas Open, as well as a weekend lead at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines before fading to t-6th. Huh has played a total of 28 times this season, missing just 6 cuts and finishing in the top 20 a total of 11 times. Some mighty steady consistency for the 22-year-old American youngster.
Jonas (#icehockey) Blixt– With his victory at the Frys.com Open, Blixt now has a total of 5 top 10s on the season, including three top 3s. Overall, Blixt has 7 top 20s, as compared to Huh’s 11. The consistency For Blixt hasn’t quite been to the level of Huh as he has also missed 6 cuts, but has played just 19 total events due to missing a span of over two months from June-August with a rib injury. The 28-year-old Swede Blixt currently impressively ranks 1st on Tour in Strokes Gained Putting, also including first in putting from 5-10 feet.
Overall, clearly some very impressive resumes for both rookies. Up to this point, I’d vote Huh (Who?) for his having more top 20s and more consistency over playing the entire season, although again, a solid argument could be made either way.
I did almost want to change my vote when reading this quote from Blixt after his victory at the Frys- “I never really had a role model in golf growing up. I was more interested in ice hockey. I wanted to be an ice hockey player.” My favorite part about that quote is that he called it “ice hockey,” not just “hockey.” I’m sure that’s a Swedish thing, but regardless it’s fantastic (hence all of the hashtag #icehockey notes throughout this post).
Anyway, Blixt is in the field at this week’s McGladrey Classic, while Huh is not. So, the debate has yet to be settled, gotta love fall golf.