News: Kevin Kisner came up big in the clutch, and now he and Scott Brown have a chance to win the Zurich Classic on Monday.
Kisner holed-out for eagle on the 18th green from 31 yards away on Sunday, which momentarily gave him and his partner, Brown, the lead.
Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith were tied with Kisner and Brown after 16 holes Sunday, but Blixt birdied the 17th to give him and Smith a one-shot lead in the best ball format with one hole to play.
On 18, Smith put his eagle chip next to the cup, almost guaranteeing a birdie and forcing Kisner or Brown to eagle.
Kisner did. It was his third hole-out of the day.
His ball tracked toward the cup, clanked off the pin and fell in, and the celebration ensued. Blixt and Smith were stunned, and after Smith tapped in for birdie, the teams were tied at 27 under and destined for a Monday playoff.
Blixt, a Swede, and Smith, an Australian, haven’t bogeyed a hole yet, and appeared to have the victory wrapped up before Kisner’s chip-in. The fourth round finished in barely playable darkness because of a more than six-hour delay cause by thunderstorms.
Levy beats Frittelli in playoff to win China Open
Alexander Levy of France beat Dylan Frittelli in a playoff Sunday to win the China Open.
The 2014 champion began the final round seven shots behind overnight leader Frittelli. Levy birdied the par-5 18th for 67 to finish on 17-under 271 and force a playoff with the South African.
Frittelli sent his second shot on the last hole over the hospitality tent and had to settle for par in a 2-over 74 and a trip back up the 18th.
Levy then found the fairway off the tee while Frittelli sent his drive into a bunker. But after the Frenchman ended in sand with his second, both men were left with birdie putts.
Frittelli missed his attempt and Levy rolled home from 15 feet to claim victory.
“That’s an amazing feeling to be back in the winner’s circle,” Levy said. “This means a lot because it was the first tournament I won on the European Tour.”
Pablo Larrazabal began the day as Frittelli’s closest challenger and the Spaniard closed with a 72 to finish third at 16 under, a shot clear of Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and England’s Chris Wood.
Matt Atkins wins El Bosque Mexico Championship
Matt Atkins won the El Bosque Mexico Championship on Sunday for his first Web .com Tour title, closing with a 4-under 68 for a three-stroke victory.
Atkins finished at 17-under 271 at El Bosque Country Club and earned $117,000 to jump from a tie for 87th to sixth on the money list with $127,625. The top 25 at the end of the regular season will earn PGA Tour cards.
Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz was second after a 70. Ted Potter Jr. (66), Roger Sloan (67) and Austin Cook (67) tied for third at 13 under, and nine-time PGA Tour winner Stuart Appleby (69) was another stroke back.
Atkins birdied three of the final five holes Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Munoz into the final round. On Sunday, the winner closed his bogey-free round with a birdie on the par-5 18th.
Koerstz Madsen rallies to beat Stackhouse in Symetra Classic
Nanna Koerstz Madsen rallied to beat former Stanford star Mariah Stackhouse on Sunday in the Symetra Classic.
Koerstz Madsen, the 22-year-old Danish player ranked 79th in the world, closed with a 4-under 68 at Atlanta National Golf Club to beat Stackhouse (72) and Ecuador’s Daniela Darquea (67) by two strokes.
“I’m feeling very good right now. It feels great to win,” Koerstz Madsen said. “I didn’t actually play very well at the start, but after hole five I made four birdies in a row and things changed.”
Koerstz Madsen earned $22,500 to jump from 17th to third on the money list with $30,325 in four starts. The top 10 at the end of the season will earn LPGA Tour cards.