Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman win the 2021 Zurich Classic
Australian teammates Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman won the PGA Tour Zurich Classic from New Orleans at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, Louisiana, last Sunday. The pair won the tournament by 20 cents in a eliminatory against the South African duo of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl schwartzel after Oosthuizen’s first shot in the playoffs landed in the water. Oosthuizen then missed an 11-foot par-putt on the 18th par 5 hole.
Louis Oosthuizen’s tee shot found water on the first hole of the playoffs. pic.twitter.com/xnBViOvtQt
– PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) April 25, 2021
The Zurich Classic presented a two-person team format, consisting of a field of 80 teams, with 160 players in total. In addition, rather than playing by traditional stroke play rules, the Zurich Classic used an alternating four-ball format for the first and third rounds and a four-ball format for the second and final rounds of the tournament. In the four-ball game, all players on each team played with their own ball throughout the round, with the teams registering the highest score on each hole. In foursome, players rotated the tee shots, with one teammate hitting all tee shots on odd holes and the other teammate hitting all tee shots on even holes. Players then took turns alternating strokes until they completed the hole, with the total number of strokes made by the team recorded on the scoreboard.
In a tournament featuring several top golfers, including Jon rahm, Xander Scheatele, Tony finau and Viktor Hovland, Smith and Leishman entered the final round a blow behind Oosthuizen and Schwartzel. The pair took the lead on the front nine, then lost it again on the back nine. On the 16th hole, Smith’s practice bounces off the green and lands in the water; however, Leishman birdied the penalty drop – about 23 feet from the flag – to tie Oosthuizen and Schwartzel in the final two holes. The two groups finished the fourth round tied, leading to the playoffs in which Oosthuizen’s tee shot on the par-5 18th hole landed in the water, followed by him missing an 11-foot putt. Smith and Leishman simply tied the game on the opening hole of the playoffs to win the tournament. All stock Exchange for the tournament was $ 7.4 million, and Smith and Leishman’s victory brought in a total of $ 2,138,600 or $ 1,069,300 each.
– Zurich Classic (@Zurich_Classic) April 25, 2021
Leishman’s victory on Sunday was her sixth touring victory, her first since winning the 2020 Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines and his best result since his fifth place at the 2021 Masters Tournament.
It was Smith’s third career victory on the tour, and his second victory at the Zurich Classic, after winning the tournament by 27 under par in the playoffs with teammate Jonas Blixt in 2017. Smith’s last victory was at Sony Open 2020 in Hawaii. Smith finished this year’s Masters tied for tenth in law.
Smith also broke his promise with his girlfriend to cut off his infamous mule if he were to win another PGA Tour event. After winning the tournament, however, Smith decided to keep his sick flow. In his post-round interview after the playoff victory, Smith said, “I should apologize to my girlfriend, this is not going to go away.” I mean, it’s, I feel like it’s a part of me now.
“It almost became my lucky charm.”
Cameron Smith’s mule is ________. pic.twitter.com/cii1pWKWwm
– PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 12, 2021