Smith and Blixt win Zurich Classic at fourth playoff hole

Ross Houston
May 8, 2017

Smith's birdie putt also gave him his first victory as a member of the PGA Tour.

The wait was worth it for Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.

The Brisbane-born Smith, who earned a PGA Tour exemption through to 2019 with the victory, was lost for words immediately after his triumph.

The playoff at TPC Louisiana was delayed after a long thunderstorm delay on Sunday (Monday NZT) prevented the final group from completing the regulation 72 holes until it was nearly dark.

The sequence lifted him and teammate Jonas Blixt of Sweden to the first championship under the Zurich Classic's new team format. "But we'll be back next year". "I don't know. We get another shot at it tomorrow, and we've just got to leave this behind".

Kisner's eagle heroics then forced Smith to make a short birdie putt just to remain in contention for his big PGA Tour breakthrough.

Smith and Blixt looked as if they were going to win in regulation as dusk started to settle, but Kisner dramatically chipped in for eagle on the 72nd hole to force a play-off.

But once again with victory begging, nerves struck again, the Swede's putt trickling past to send it back to the 18th for the fourth playoff hole and Smith's chance for redemption.

As much fun as Blixt and Smith seem to be having, the pressure could mount a bit as they try to protect their final-round lead.

Each player on the winning team earned $1.02 million and 400 FedExCup points.

Players on each team alternated shots in the first and third rounds. The playoff will be under the same format as the final round, so all four players will play their own ball in on the 18th.

Koerstz Madsen, the 22-year-old Danish player ranked 79th in the world, closed with a 4-under 68 at Atlanta National Golf Club to beat Stackhouse (72) and Ecuador's Daniela Darquea (67) by two strokes. 10 and 11 to move to 10 under for the day but parred the next six holes, setting the stage for Kisner's heroics, when he holed out his chip shot from 94 1/2 feet. "I didn't want to play another hole".

The teams of Kelly Kraft and Kevin Tway, and Angel Cabrera and Julian Etulian, were tied for sixth at 12-under.

Blixt said he and Smith were confident in their games, so when Kisner and Brown mounted their charge "I wasn't really stressed out about it".

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