AVONDALE, La. (AP) – Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman outlasted Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel tothat capped a tight and tense final round Sunday. won with a par on their second trip up the par-5 18th after Oosthuizen pushed his tee shot into the water and narrowly missed an 11-foot putt for par.
The Australians forced the playoff by shooting a 2-under 70 in alternate-shot play at the PGA Tour’s only regular-season. Oosthuizen and Schwartzel began the but shot a 71 with three pars and two bogeys. It’s Smith’s third career victory – second at the Zurich team event – and best result since tying for second at the pandemic-delayed 2020 November. It was also his sixth the current tour season started last October.
Smith’s last victory came at the 2020 Sony Open in Hawaii.
Leishman’s sixth career victory was his best result since tying for fifth at thesince the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open.
The climactic finish caught a compelling duel between two teams that teed off together in the final grouping and took turnsthat never grew to more than two strokes.
After Smith made birdie putts of 9 feet on the par-5 seventh and 7 feet on the par-3 ninth to pull his team even atop the leaderboard, the Aussies went in front on 10 when Schwartzel’s approach found the bunker, and his team two-putted for bogey.
with a birdie on the par-5 11th, where Leishman drove 307 yards into the fairway, and Smith sent the team’s second shot 265 yards to the green setting up a birdie.
that led to a bogey.
The South Africans moved back into the lead on 15, where Schwartzelwith a nearly 15-foot putt for birdie, while Smith, whose approach had fallen short of the green, narrowly missed a 13-foot putt for par.
Smith then bounced his booming, 294-yard tee shot on 16 into the water, but it went out of bounds close enough to the green that Leishman was able to hit a chip on his team’s third shot and rolled it in from more than 23 feet for birdie to tie Oosthuizen and Schwartzel at 21 under.
Both teams bogeyed the par-3 17th to head to the par-5 18th tied at 20 under.
Peter Uihlein and Richy Werenski shot a 67, with six birdies and one bogey, to shoot up the leaderboard from 18th to third. Billy Horschel and former LSU player Sam Burns shot a 69 to tie for fourth with Brandt Snedeker-Keith Mitchell and Brendan Steele-Kegan Bradley.
Ryan Palmer and Jon Rahm, the defending champions from 2019, closed with a 70 to finish seventh at 17 under.
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