Blixt faces wild ride on roller coaster after losing bet to buddy from Norway

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Jonas Blixt is trying to focus on his golf at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions this week, but he's got a long roller coaster ride in the back of his mind.
By
Doug Ferguson
Associated Press

Series: PGA Tour

Published: Wednesday, January 02, 2013 | 12:35 p.m.

KAPALUA, Hawaii -- Jonas Blixt ended his rookie season with over $2.2 million and a win at the Frys.com Open, allowing him to start his season this week at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions on Maui.

But the worst is still ahead of him.

When he played golf at Florida State, Blixt became good friends with Torstein Neavestad of Norway, and they decided a few years ago they needed to lose some weight. The deal was to eliminate soda for one year, and whoever cracked first had to ride a roller coaster uninterrupted for two hours.

Blixt hates rollers coasters, but he loves his job. So when he was going nowhere on the Nationwide Tour two years ago, he called Neavestad and conceded.

''I made 95 percent of my money that year after I started drinking Coke again,'' Blixt said.

As for the bet?

Blixt, who clasped both sides of his face at the mere mention of roller coasters, was supposed to make good during the final event of last season at Disney World. Just his luck, he found out Disney wouldn't allow someone to go two hours straight, and Neavestad headed home to Norway.

''I'm trying to get out of it,'' Blixt said. ''He's coming back over in a couple of weeks. I still have to do it.''


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