Blixt, Smith Extend Lead To Four After 54 Holes in New Orleans

Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith extended their bogey-free run through 54 holes at the Zurich Classic – posting a 4-under 68 on Saturday to widen their lead to four shots.

 
Blixt and Cameron carded four birdies to get to 19-under, growing the lead that stood at just one shot through two rounds. They are the only team without a bogey.

Two teams, Kevin Kisner-Scott Brown and Nick Watney-Charley Hoffman, were tied for second at 15-under. First round co-leaders, Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer, are five shots back at 14-under and in solo-fourth. Rounding out the top-5, at 13-under, is the twosome of Chris Stroud and defending Zurich champ, Brian Stuard. [1]


Quotable

“It’s like going back to playing as a kid. I don’t feel like there’s any stress at all out there.”
Jonas Blixt

“Feels like back in the amateur days. It’s just nice to go out there and relax and have some fun.”
Cameron Smith


Top 10

1 Blixt/Smith -19
2 Hoffman/Watney -15
2 Kisner/Brown -15
4 Spieth/Palmer -14
5 Stuard/Stroud -13
6 Kraft/Tway -12
6 Cabrera/Etulain -12
8 Reed/Cantlay -11
8 Thompson/Wilkinson -11
8 Watson/Holmes -11
8 Hoffman/Villegas -11
8 Van Aswegen/Goosen -11
8 Schauffele/Ridings -11
8 Merritt/Streb -11

Notables

15 Ogilvy/Poulter -10
15 Stricker/Kelly -10
15 Lingmerth/Lee -10
15 Dufner/Kizzire -10
19 Grace/Oosthuizen -9
19 Koepka/Koepka -9
29 Thomas/Cauley -8


Closing Strong

Blixt drops a birdie on the final hole to extend the lead to four. Dead straight, center of the hole.


Team Stroud-Stuard-Stroud

On the par-4 16th hole, Chris Stroud’s tee shot hit his sister Tammy in the back, and got a favorable bounce. The duo (er threesome) went on to birdie the hole.


Sources

1. Associated Press
2. Getty Images
3. PGA Tour


PGW Staff

This post was produced by a Pro Golf Weekly staff member.

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