It was meant to be but four extra holes had to be played. Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt, who dominated most of the Zurich Classic field in regulation, took care of business in the playoff on Monday against Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown.
Playing best ball, Smith-Blixt and Kisner-Brown were even through the first three playoff holes (18th, 18th, 9th). With the fourth one moving back to the 18th, Smith was under the spotlight again.
Despite Smith and Blixt missing putts earlier in the playoff that could have shut the door on Kisner and Brown, the 23-year-old Smith got within a few feet of the cup on again after an amazing clutch shot from 60 yards out.
One shot. Birdie to win.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 2, 2017
This time, Smith’s birdie putt clinched his first PGA Tour victory and Blixt’s third. The duo did it at the first team even on the Tour in 36 years.
“It was pretty cool to knock the putt in for the win,” said Smith. “I guess it would have felt a little bit different if Jonas had done it for my first win.
“To have a putt to win on the PGA Tour when you’ve been working toward it your whole life is a completely different feeling,” Smith also said. “It felt like the longest putt I’ve ever hit.”
The benefits of the new format at the Zurich Classic was not lost on Blixt.
“You support each other and it feels good to have someone to lean on,” he said. “Having a great teammate like him [Smith], it’s a walk in the park.”
“I thought after winning twice (on the PGA Tour), it would be a little less nerve-racking trying to finish it off, but it still got me a little bit,” Blixt added. “Doing it for the third time, I mean, this is the most fun one, I must say.”
The most impressive thing about Smith and Blixt is probably the fact that they went bogey-free throughout the entire tournament. Whatever they did and however they did it earned the dynamic pair about $412,000 each, a two-year PGA Tour exemption, and invitations to The Players Championship and SBS Tournament of Champions.
We certainly cannot wait to see how team play at the Zurich Classic evolves over the years. Hopefully the format is around to stay.
Cameron Smith hit the perfect approach.
At the perfect time.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) May 1, 2017
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