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Blixt, Smith pull away at Zurich Classic

09 May 2017

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Hara Nomura two-putted for birdie on the sixth playoff hole Sunday for her third LPGA Tour victory after Cristie Kerr briefly took the lead on the 72nd hole in the windy LPGA North Texas Shootout.

CAMERON Smith was tongue-tied with elation after a super chip shot in New Orleans sealed a dramatic play-off for the young Queenslander's maiden victory on the PGA Tour.

Due to inclement weather conditions there was a long delay earlier in the day so the four players have to return on Monday morning (US) to decide the victor. What's more, players repeatedly gushed about how much they enjoyed themselves, increasing the odds big names will be back in years to come.

Finishing second to Jordan Spieth at last year's Australian Open secured his British Open start, but Smith's projected rise to world No.60 means he has work left to qualify for next month's US Open.

Sure, you could say there were more missed putts than great putts in Monday morning's finale, but Cameron Smith's approach within three feet to set up the winning birdie made up for all of that.

Sweden's Blixt and Australia's Smith have played 54 holes without a bogey at TPC Louisiana, where the format of two-man teams is a first on the PGA Tour in 36 years.

Blixt's win in New Orleans is the 62nd professional victory by a Florida State golfer.

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The win gave trainer Todd Pletcher and jockey John Velazquez their second victories in the race but their first together. He completed the 1 1/4 miles in 2 minutes, 3.59 seconds over a sloppy track and returned $11.40 on a $2 bet to win.

Smith and Blixt combined well all week in both the Foursomes (alternate shot) and Four-Ball (bestball) play, not recording a bogey all week.

Smith and Blixt finished tied at 27-under-par 261 with the American duo of Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown, after Kisner made a stunning eagle from 30 yards at the final hole. Kisner and Blixt stuck their approach shots, Smith put it on the green from a hard lie in the rough and Brown went over the green.

The tournament began with 80 teams and players choosing teammates.

Kelly Kraft and Kevin Tway shot an 11-under 61 to vault into third, four strokes adrift of the leaders.

"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.

Fourballs: Each player has their own ball, and the team's lowest score on each hole counts.

Blixt, Smith pull away at Zurich Classic