With heavy winds affecting Round 2 play at the Zurich Classic on Friday, Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith ended their day atop the leaderboard at 15-under.
With the best ball format in effect, Blixt and Smith collectively shot an impressive 10-under 62 despite the weather. With the pair starting on the back nine, they each had an eagle and racked up six team birdies. Smith was quick to give Blixt more of the credit.
“Jonas is playing really well at the moment,” Smith said. “You know he’s going to make a birdie or par, so I’m just playing aggressive and letting it all fall into play.”
The team of two Patricks, Reed and Cantlay, also shot a 62, birdying 10 of the 18 holes. Their score pushed them five spots up on the leaderboard to second. Reed was the one to credit Cantlay for allowing him to play free and aggressive.
While five total teams shot a 62 in Round 2, every team that made the cut (and even most of those that didn’t) posted a score in the 60s despite the tough winds. The best score of the day however, was from Tyrone Van Aswegen and Retief Goosen. Their team earned a jaw-dropping 12-under 60 behind 10 birdies and an eagle.
“We just blended so well today,” Van Aswegen said. “I made birdie and then he made birdie. It was great. It was a privilege out there.”
Watching the post-round interviews really shows how beautiful team golf can be. You sense the camaraderie between the players and how they’re playing for each other rather.
The scores in Round 2 were so competitive that Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer’s 66, which is what they shot in Round 1, dropped them down from first to a jam-packed tie for fifth. But Saturday’s Round 3 will shift back to players alternating shots, which is what got Spieth and Palmer the early lead.
“Certainly off of (Thursday’s) round, we know that we can have success in that format,” Spieth said. “We also know we need to set expectations a bit different. We had prime scoring conditions yesterday, and tomorrow it will be a bit like today or even more challenging. Anything under par in alternate-shot is a great score tomorrow.”
Noticeably missing from the weekend will be the teams of Justin Rose-Henrik Stenson, Jason Day-Rickie Fowler, and Kevin Chappell-Gary Woodland.
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