Blixt-Smith widens lead at windy Zurich Classic

Blixt-Smith widens lead at windy Zurich Classic

For the third time in four years, the victor at the PGA Tour's Zurich Classic has also been able to make reservations for Ponte Vedra Beach to compete in The Players Championship two weeks later.

The wait was worth it for Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith.

Only a few woemn, including Annika Sorenstam, Michelle Wie and Lexi Thompso, have played against men since Babe Zaharaias became the first to do so in a PGA Tour event in 1938.

The playoff at TPC Louisiana was delayed after a long thunderstorm delay on Sunday (Monday NZT) prevented the final group from completing the regulation 72 holes until it was nearly dark.

"We've got to leave this behind and go out there and make birdie or eagle tomorrow".

Finishing second to Jordan Spieth at last year's Australian Open secured his British Open start, but Smith's projected rise to world No.60 means he has work left to qualify for next month's US Open.

As Atkins finished on 17-under to finish three shots clear of the field, Gunn shot rounds of 71-71-71-74 to end on one-under.

Cristie Kerr briefly took the lead on the 72nd hole before Nomura birdied the par-5 18th to force the playoff.

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Smith is the first Australian to win the Zurich Classic and is now exempt into this year's Players Championship and PGA Championship, as well as earning a two year PGA Tour exemption.

Both teams were 27 under through regulation after Blixt and Smith carried a four-shot advantage into the final round.

Kisner and Brown each have one PGA Tour victory. Many said they chose friends on the Tour rather than research whose game best complemented their own, and it made for relaxed environment and demonstrations of camaraderie that players said showed more of the fun side of golf. Each golfer takes home $1.02 million and 400 FedEXCup points.

"I can't even talk right now", said Smith, who was overcome with emotion during two separate Golf Channel interviews immediately after the round.

Kisner, Brown, and Blixt all put their shots on the green and then Cameron Smith stuck his at around two feet leaving himself with a makeable birdie opportunity.

A native of Nassjo, Smaland, Sweden, Blixt played at Florida State and had a pair of PGA Tour titles and a second-place finish at The Masters (2014), a third-place finish at The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am (2016) and a fourth-place finish at the PGA Championship (2013).

Players on each team alternated shots in the first and third rounds.

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