After rain suspended Sunday’s final round of the Zurich Classic, the tournament gifted us with a playoff on Monday.
Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith will duke it out at TPC Louisiana with Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown who posted the top score of the day with a fantastic 12-under 60. Blixt and Smith remained bogey-free through four rounds with an 8-under 64 performance.
Playing best ball again, Blixt and Smith went on a tear with eight birdies. They owned the back nine with three birdies in a row twice. Blixt and Smith have been stellar throughout the tournament with scores of 67, 62, 68, and 64. Switching back and forth between alternating shots and best ball have not fazed them at all.
Kisner and Brown crushed the front nine, birdying the first eight holes. They finished off the back nine with two more birdies and an eagle (by Kisner) on the 18th. Words cannot do justice to how magnificent Kisner’s eagle was with everything on the line. Get ready for goosebumps and watch for yourself.
With their backs to the wall …
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 1, 2017
Kisner’s incredible shot turned the tables on Blixt and Smith and they were the ones who had to force Monday’s playoff despite maintaining a lead all day.
“We knew we had to have it,” Kisner said. “I knew (Blixt and Smith) were going to make birdie. All I was trying to do was make sure I didn’t leave it short.”
“I knew I hit it a little too hard when I touched it, but I loved the line, and when it hit the flag, I said, ‘Just please don’t come out of there,'” Kisner added. “It’s just one of those shots that you dream about.”
Right before Kisner sent the crowd into a frenzy, Smith had just hit a superb approach shot from 60 yards out to within a couple feet of the cup. Kisner just one-upped him by holing it from 94 feet right after.
“It was tough, but we fought well on the back nine,” Smith said.
“I can’t say it’s another day, but you’ve got to go home, recharge and pretty much forget everything you’ve done the last four days, and just go out and make a birdie or eagle or whatever to win it,” Blixt said. “You’ve got to expect the unexpected. I don’t know. We get another shot at it tomorrow, and we’ve just got to leave this behind.”
Aside from the prize money ($1 million each to the winners), a two-year PGA exemption is also on the line. Hopefully the playoff hole will produce just as much drama as the 18th did on Sunday.
The Zurich Classic playoff will start at 8 a.m. Eastern on Monday.
Our playoff between teams Blixt/Smith and Kisner/Brown will begin tomorrow at 8am on the 18th hole.
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h/t: pgatour.com, espn.com