PGA | Smith and Leishman win the Zurich Classic

(Avondale, Louisiana) Australians Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman edged South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel on an overtime hole on Sunday to win the Zurich Classic in a hotly contested final round.

Smith and Leishman won the duel playing par on their second visit to 18e hole. Oosthuizen had sent his tee shot into the water and he just missed an 11-foot putt, preventing him from hitting par.

The Australians forced an extra hole with a round of 70 (- 2), in the only team tournament on the PGA Tour, where golfers from each pair play alternately.

Oosthuizen and Schwartzel had a one-shot lead at the end of the third round. They handed in a 71 card on Sunday, playing par three times and bugging two.

It was the third victory of Smith’s career – his second at the Zurich Classic – and his best result since finishing tied for second at the Masters in 2020.

His last victory was at the Sony Open, in 2020.

As for Leishman, it was a sixth career triumph. He was tied for fifth at the last Masters Tournament this month.

We had a great week both on and off the golf course. This is something I will never forget, for sure.

Cameron Smith

“We don’t party very often together,” said Leishman. You celebrate with your caddy and your team, but being able to do it with someone who is another player and a buddy is really great. “

The overtime hole ended the duel between the two teams since Saturday. The two duos started in the last group on Sunday and neither of them was able to take a lead of more than two strokes.

Americans Peter Uihlein and Richy Werenski handed in a card of 67 in the final round to finish third. With six birdies, while committing only one boguey, they managed to pass from the 18e place in the third, at – 19.

Canadian Michael Gligic, who teamed up with American Vincent Whaley, tied for 29e row (- 7). The duo played 75, committing two double bugs.

With a final round of 77, the other North American pair, consisting of Canadian David Hearn and American Zack Sucher, closed the tournament at 32e step (- 5).

With Agence France-Presse

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