It took a little longer than expected, but DST user Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith eventually made it to where they expected to be all weekend.
The duo joined Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown in a sudden-death playoff for the 2017 Zurich Classic on Monday, and after both teams went for par on their first three holes of the day, Smith sank a birdie putt on 18 to give he and Blixt the first team title in Zurich history.
Blixt and Smith were a force through the entire weekend and went into Sunday's final round with a four-stroke lead over the field, but Kisner and Brown came roaring back and went 12-under on Sunday, including a miraculous chip-in on 18 by Kisner that tied the teams at 27-under and forced a playoff on Monday.
Blixt and Smith went the entire tournament without registering a bogey, and while 2016 Zurich champion Brian Stuard played all 54 holes without a bogey last year, Blixt and Smith become the first winners of a PGA Tour event without a bogey since Lee Trevino at the 1974 Zurich Classic. "I felt like we're kind of similar. We joke around at times but we also get extremely serious and into at times, too," Blixt said. "So you know, I felt like we gave each other a lot of space to play our own game and I felt like our games fit each other very well on the golf course, especially when you have alternate shots. I mean, I felt like I could hit it anywhere and he would get it up-and-down, and I hope he felt the same way."
While Blixt already held a spot in this year's PLAYERS Championship because of his top-125 finish in last year's FedExCup standings, Smith earned his spot after coming away with the Zurich title on Monday. The PLAYERS Championship begins on May 12 at TPC Sawgrass.
Well played Jonas, keep on compressing it.