With winds continuing to pound TPC Louisiana on Saturday, Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith kept up their own assault of the course by going without a bogey for the third straight round at the Zurich Classic.
Blixt and Smith posted a 4-under 68, alternating shots. While Smith’s putting saved par or grabbed one of his team’s four birdies on 13 of the holes, Blixt consistently set him up for success. They might not have had the flashiest day, but given the strong winds (up to 36 mph), they were brilliant and increased their lead to four shots heading into Sunday.
“It’s like going back to playing as a kid,” Blixt said. “I don’t feel like there’s any stress at all out there.”
Blixt’s partner shared a similar sentiment.
“Feels like back in the amateur days,” Smith said. “It’s just nice to go out there and relax and have some fun.”
Even though the Zurich Classic is changing between two playing formats each round, Blixt and Smith are the only bogey-free pair.
Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown used a 5-under 67 in Round 3 to jump up 12 spots on the leaderboard to second place. They parred the whole front nine, but caught fire on the back nine with six birdies.
Charley Hoffman and Nick Watney are also tied for second, and Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer are within striking distance but will need to play flawless on Sunday to erase their five-shot deficit.
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