Australians Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith beat South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in a playoff to win the Zurich Classic on Sunday at TPC Louisiana in Avondale. Here’s the whole lot it’s essential know:
Leaderboard: Leishman/Smith (-20; received on first playoff gap), Oosthuizen/Schwartzel (-20), Peter Uihlein/Richy Werenski (-19), Billy Horschel/Sam Burns (-18), Keegan Bradley/Brendan Steele (-18), Keith Mitchell/Brandt Snedeker (-18)
How it occurred: Things definitely bought attention-grabbing down the stretch. Leishman and Smith performed flawless golf for 11 holes, making 4 birdies and taking the lead from Oosthuizen and Schwartzel with seven holes to play. However, bogeys at Nos. 13 and 15, adopted by a water ball off the tee by Smith on the quick par-4 sixteenth, threatened to knock the Aussies out of it. But Leishman chipped in for birdie at No. 16 to tie the South Africans, who could not stand up and down for birdie from behind the inexperienced. After the groups traded sloppy bogeys on the par-3 seventeenth and pars on the final, the Aussies prevailed in the playoff after Oosthuizen sliced his drive on No. 18 into the water and Smith sank the profitable par putt from 6 ft.
What it means: They grabbed headlines earlier in the week because of their mullets (Smith’s actual one and Leishman’s faux one), however the Aussies earned the highlight Sunday afternoon due to their golf. The win strikes Smith and Leishman to Nos. 3 and 30, respectively, in the FedExCup standings. Smith now has received the staff format of the Zurich twice, first getting the win alongside Jonas Blixt in the inaugural version in 2017.
Round of the day: Per week after profitable on the Korn Ferry Tour, Uihlein teamed up with Werenski to complete third thanks in massive half to their final-round 67 that included six birdies.
Shot of the day: Not even shut. Tournament-saver proper right here by Leish:
Biggest disappointment: Cameron Champ and Tony Finau started the ultimate spherical a shot off the lead, however they went out in 4-over 40 and ended up capturing 76.