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Aussies Leishman, Smith win PGA Tour Zurich Classic

It went to a playoff in New Orleans last night.

Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman hold up the Zurich Classic trophy and belts after winning the final round round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament.
Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman hold up the Zurich Classic trophy and belts after winning the final round round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans golf tournament.
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AUSTRALIA’S MARC LEISHMAN and Cameron Smith parred the first playoff hole Sunday to win the US PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans over the South African duo of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.

Both teams finished Sunday’s foursomes final round at TPC Louisiana at 20-under 268.

When they returned the par-five 18th to play the first hole of sudden death in alternate-shot format, Oosthuizen put his tee shot into the water guarding the right side of the hole, opening the door to Leishman and Smith.

The Australian pair had started the day one stroke behind Oosthuizen and Schwartzel but pulled level after three birdies on the front nine.

After the South Africans bogeyed the 10th, Leishman and Smith gained a two-shot lead with a birdie at the 11th, only to surrender it with bogeys at 13 and 15 — where Oosthuizen and Schwartzel’s birdie was just the fourth of the day at the tough par-four.

An unlikely birdie at 16 — where Smith was in the water off the tee but Leishman holed a 23-foot chip — saw the Australians pull level again.

They stayed that way as both teams — playing together in the final group — bogeyed 17 and parred 18.

Graeme McDowell and Matt Wallace finished in a tie for 23rd, meanwhile, on 12-under.

“It’s been a pretty cool week,” said Smith, who notched his third PGA Tour title and his second Zurich Classic crown. teamed with Sweden’s Jonas Blixt to win the tour’s only team event in 2017.

“That back nine was brutal,” Smith said. “But we hung in there and we won.”

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Americans Richy Werenski and Peter Uihlein finished third after combining for a 67 for 269.

Keith Mitchell and Brandt Snedeker moved as low as 20-under before finishing with a 69 that left them on 270 alongside Billy Horschel and Sam Burns and Keegan Bradley and Brendan Steele.

© – AFP, 2021

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