Blixt, Cameron Extend Lead to Four at Zurich Classic After 54 Holes


Sweden’s Jonas Blixt and Aussie Cameron Smith extended their bogey-free run to three rounds in the new team format at the Zurich Classic, adjusting to winds that unsettled many other PGA Tour pros and posting a 4-under 68 Saturday to widen their lead to four strokes.

Team Blixt-Cameron posted four birdies to improve to 19-under, building on a lead that stood at 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]


“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


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.


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

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