Grades: Blixt, Smith take home inaugural team event at Zurich Classic
- Author: Julie Sanders May 02, 2017,
May 02, 2017, 14:33
Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt won the Zurich Classic after four holes of sudden-death playoff Monday at TPC Louisiana.
Kisner pitched in for eagle at the 18th during the final round to join Brown and Blixt on 27 under and take the tournament to extra holes, with the play-off beginning at the par-five last.
Monday's victory came after the fourth round on Sunday finished in barely playable darkness because of a more than 6-hour delay caused by thunderstorms.
Smith and Blixt will earn two-year PGA Tour exemptions for the win, and FedEx Cup points.
Young Australian Cameron Smith faces another restless night before playing off for a maiden US PGA Tour title and million-dollar payday alongside Swedish teammate Jonas Blixt in New Orleans.
The duo, having started the weekend with a one-shot lead, will now go into the final day four shots clear of the chasing pack after recording a four-under-par 68 in Saturday's foursomes.
The Dornoch man is projected to sit 10th on this season's money-list on the back of his latest effort on the PGA Tour's feeder circuit.
Victory in the new format also meant invitations to The Players Championship and SBS Tournament of Champions. They had fallen behind by two strokes, with Kisner and Brown birdieing 10 of their first 11 holes Sunday.
Both Smith and Blixt missed short birdie putts on the first additional hole.
The players returned for the playoff early on Monday morning with Smith the only of the four players without a PGA Tour win to his name. He now has five second place finishes over the last three years.
"All four players, individually and collectively, had several chances to win prior to the end result, with Smith brushing in the eventual victor after hitting his third from 59 yards 3'4". The Zurich began with 80 two-player teams, with players choosing their teammates.
Kelly Kraft and Kevin Tway finished third at 23 under after Kraft followed up a 266-yard approach on 18 with a 22-foot eagle putt. Seeing how this guy plays golf, the sky is the limit for him.
Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer were fourth.
The miraculous shot turned the Zurich Classic from a survival test to a test of wills, patience and nerve. The playoff was held in the same format as the final round.