Winner’s Circle: Marc Leishman, Cameron Smith Claim Victory at Zurich Classic

Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith Win Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana
Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith pose with the trophy after winning in a playoff hole during the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at TPC Louisiana on April 25, 2021 in New Orleans, LA. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann via Getty Images)

On Sunday at TPC Louisiana, the duo of Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith claimed victory at the 2021 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, beating South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel with a par on the first playoff hole in an alternate-shot format.

The Aussies shot a closing 2-under 70 to reach 20-under par and force a playoff with the third-round leaders. Leishman and Smith then prevailed after Oosthuizen hit his tee ball into the water on the first overtime hole, the par-5 18th.

Early on the back nine it appeared the the Australian team was cruising to victory, but they lost a two-stroke lead with in a three-hole span, Leishman kept his side alive when he sank a 35-foot chip shot for birdie 3 at the short 16th hole after Smith hooked his drive into the water. Each team bogeyed the difficult par-3 17th hole and parred No. 18 to set up the playoff.


PRO-FILE

Marc Leishman

Nationality Australian
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 200 lb
Birthdate: Oct 24, 1983 (age 37)
Native: Warrnambool, Victoria, Aus.
Residence: Virginia Beach, VA.
Turned Pro: 2005
Best World Rank: 12 (Oct 2017)

Cameron Smith

Nationality: Australian
Height: 5′ 11″
Weight: 175 lb
Birthdate: Aug. 18, 1993 (age 27)
Native: Brisbane, Queensland, Aus.
Residence: Jacksonville, FL
Turned Pro: 2013
Best World Rank: 24 (Feb 2019)


Top-5 Finishers

Pos-Team-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Leishman / Smith -20 (-2)
2. Oosthuizen / Schwartzel -20 (-1)
3. Werenski / Uihlein -19 (-5)
4. Mitchell / Snedeker -18 (-3)
4. Horschel / Burns -18 (-3)
4. Bradley / Steele -18 (-2)


2021 PGA TOUR Season

Marc Leishman

Starts: 15
Cuts Made: 14
Wins: 1 (Zurich Classic)
Top 10s: 3
Money: $2,359,730 (27th)
Points: 844 (29th)
World Rank: 37th

Cameron Smith

Starts: 15
Cuts Made: 15
Wins: 1 (Zurich Classic)
Top 10s: 6
Money: $4,266,444 (4th)
Points: 1,381 (3rd)
World Rank: 25th


Career Victories

Marc Leishman

PGA Tour: 6
2021 Zurich Classic
2020 Farmers Ins Open
2018 CIMB Classsic
2017 BMW Championship
2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational
2012 Travelers Championship
European: 1
2015 Nedbank Golf Challenge

Cameron Smith

PGA Tour: 3
2021 Zurich Classic
2020 Sony Open
2017 Zurich Classic
European: 2
2018 Australian PGA Championship
2017 Australian PGA Championship


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


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