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Smith on track for maiden PGA Tour title

Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt have extended their lead at the Zurich Classic (Photo: Getty Images)
A lengthy birdie putt at the 18th hole has put Cameron Smith in prime position for a maiden PGA Tour title with partner Jonas Blixt at the new look teams event at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

Smith holed from 15 feet to extend the team’s lead to four shots after gusting winds made scoring difficult for the day three foursomes at TPC Louisiana.

The Queenslander and his Swedish partner signed for a 4-under 68 Saturday, a score bettered by only one pair on the day and enough for a four shot cushion over American teams Kevin Kisner/Scott Brown and Charley Hoffman/Nick Watney.

Smith and Blixt are at 19-under after rounds of 67-62-68, the only team yet to register a bogey in the competition.

Smith is one of five Australians t have qualified for the weekend, Geoff Ogilvy partnering with Ian Poulter to be 10-under and T15 while Matt Jones and Ricky Barnes are a shot further back and T19.

Cameron Percy and American Grayson Murray are T29 at 8-under while first round leaders, Kyle Stanley and Ryan Ruffels, fell off the pace on day three with a disastrous 77.

At the top of the leaderboard, though, Smith and Blixt look in all but unstoppable form though will need to be on their games in the more volatile better ball format tomorrow.

Among the chasing pack are Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer who battled on day three but remain outright fourth just five shots behind.

Hot scoring is the order of the day when the players are hitting all their own shots and a sub 60 score to charge out of the pack is not out of the question Sunday.

Blixt and Smith will know that but both were more than happy with their play to this point in the tournament.

“Doesn’t matter how many  bogeys you make if you’re in the lead,” Bliuxt said when asked wherther he was happier about leading or miking no bogeys so far.

“We’re very happy about the way we’ve played.”

While Blixt has twice tasted victory on the PGA Tour Smith has a chance for his maiden Tour title and said he was looking forward to the opportunity tomorrow.

“It’s feeling good,” he told CBS’ Amanda Balionis after the round. “It’s good to have a good mate by my side as well helping me along.

“Tomorrow should be good fun. Hopefully it doesn’t rain on us.”

 

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