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Jonas Blixt, Cameron Smith win 2017 team format in Zurich Classic

08 May 2017

Jonas Blixt, of Hammaro, Sweden, tees off on the 12th hole during the final round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament's new two-man team format at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Sunday, April 30, 2017.

IRVING, Texas (AP) - Hara Nomura two-putted for birdie on the sixth playoff hole for her third LPGA Tour victory, the Texas Shootout near Dallas.

Through 54 holes, they are four in front of two all-US duos: Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown, who posted a 67; and Charley Hoffman and Nick Watney, who carded a 69. "I knew they were going to make birdie, so all I was trying to do was make sure I didn't leave it short", Kisner said of his chip.

"I feel like I had the best partner here", Blixt said of Smith.

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

In 1990, Greg Norman was shocked when South African David Frost holed a winning bunker shot at the last, one of several bitter pills The Shark endured.

In addition to the biggest payday of his career (just over $1 million), Smith also receives a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour and a spot in the Players Championship. The foursome missed a shotgun scramble worth of putts from inside 10 feet as the playoff dragged on for 90 minutes.

Fourballs: Each player has their own ball, and the team's lowest score on each hole counts.

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Finally on the fourth hole, Smith's third-shot pitch finished inside 3 feet, a putt he made for the win.

Americans Kisner and Scott Brown erased a four-stroke deficit by matching the best round of the week with a sizzling 12-under-par 60 on the final round in a four-ball (best ball) format.

Kisner and Brown took home almost $412,000 each.

Kelly Kraft and Kevin Tway finished third at 23 under after Kraft followed up a 266-yard approach on 18 with a 22-foot eagle putt.

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On the ninth hole, there was nothing to separate the pair again. Ten years Smith's senior, he's a PGA Tour victor for the 10th time but was still awed by the experience. Last year, Daniel Berger earned a victory at the FedEx St. Jude Classic and Brooks Koepka won the 2015 Waste Management Phoenix Open. The playoff was held in the same format as the final round. "For the Tour to unanimously decide that was the fair thing to do, puts me in a very different situation, being able to play the Players (Championship) and all the remaining events I would like to play".