Kisner's eagle forces Monday playoff at Zurich Classic
- Author: Julie Sanders May 06, 2017,
May 06, 2017, 12:11
Smith and Blixt could have won on earlier playoff holes but missed short birdie putts.
Current PGA Tour golfer and Florida State Seminole Jonas Blixt (2004-08) recorded his third professional victory on Monday, teaming with Cameron Smith to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at the TPC Louisiana.
The playoff was held over until Monday morning after the final round was completed in near-darkness on Sunday evening following a long thunderstorm delay.
The miraculous shot turned the Zurich Classic from a survival test to a test of wills, patience and nerve. The team of Smith and Blixt did not make a bogey in 76 holes.
Australian Cameron Smith (left) and Jonas Blixt of Sweden react after putting in to win in a sudden-death play-off.
"Watching him these past four days, I haven't seen anything that good in an extremely long time".
Kisner sank a tremendous chip shot on Sunday from 94 feet for eagle on No. 18 while Smith had a brilliant approach to within three feet and then birdied the 18th in a fantastic finish as daylight was quickly dissipating Sunday to force the playoff. They led after the second and third rounds, but had to overcome a remarkable surge by Brown and Kisner, who stormed into the lead with birdies on the first eight holes and 10 of their first 11.
Poor old Cam Smith has potentially been denied his first PGA Tour victory in the most unbelievable circumstances.
"I feel like I had the best partner here", Blixt said of Smith.
Smith and Blixt will earn two-year PGA Tour exemptions for the win, and FedEx Cup points.
The victory earns them a spot at The Players Championship next week and Smith was understandably speechless after the victory. But they rallied with birdies on Nos.
But ultimately, the tournament with its new two-man team, alternate shot/best ball format was rewarded with big crowds (until Sunday's threatening weather), big TV ratings and perhaps the single-most memorable stroke on the PGA Tour so far this season.
The two teams finished four shots ahead of runners-up Kelly Kraft and Kevin Tway in regulation at 27 under.
"We were close, had a chance there and I just didn't get it done", he said.