Blixt-Smith, Kisner-Brown set for Monday playoff in Zurich Classic

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Blixt-Smith, Kisner-Brown set for Monday playoff in Zurich Classic

Los Angeles (AFP) – Kevin Kisner chipped in for eagle on the 72nd hole as he and teammate Scott Brown forced a Monday playoff with Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

Darkness was falling as Kisner’s chip hit the pin and fell in, with Australia’s Smith responding with a birdie putt from inside two feet that kept him and Sweden’s Blixt in the title hunt.

Both teams finished regulation on 27-under par 261 after Sunday’s better-ball round, in which Blixt and Smith shot 64 and Kisner and Brown carded a sizzling 60.

The tournament is the first US PGA Tour team event in 36 years. It featured two-man teams playing two better ball rounds and two alternate shot rounds.

Blixt and Smith — who is seeking a first US tour title — have barely put a foot wrong, finishing regulation play without a bogey.

They led after 36 and 54 holes, and withstood a furious charge by Kisner and Brown, who birdied 10 of their first 11 holes to grab the lead.

Six of those birdies came before play was halted for more than six hours as thunderstorms swept through.

With Blixt’s birdie at 16 and Smith’s at 17 the duo regained a one-shot lead.

It looked like that would be enough when Smith then gave himself a short birdie putt at 18.

But Kisner’s chip-in means all four will return on Monday morning to settle things.

Americans Kelly Kraft and Kevin Tway were third after combining for a 61 that left them on 265.

Kevin Kisner putts for eagle on the 18th hole during the final round of the Zurich Classic of New Orleans
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Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith have barely put a foot wrong, finishing regulation play at the Zurich Classic without a bogey
Copyright GETTY IMAGES/AFP Chris Graythen

 

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