Blixt-Smith tandem widens lead at windy Zurich Classic

Cameron Smith of Australia, left, and teammate Jonas Blixt of Sweden, walk down the second fairway during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament's new two-man team format at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Saturday, April 29, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

AVONDALE, La. (AP) Swede Jonas Blixt and Australian Cameron Smith prolonged their bogey-free run to three rounds in the new team format at the Zurich Classic, deftly adjusting to gusting winds and posting a 4-under 68 to widen their lead to four strokes.

Alternating shots on Saturday as teams did in the first round, the Blixt-Cameron partnership posted four birdies to improve to 19-under, building on a lead that stood at one shot through two rounds. They are the only team without a bogey.

The Kevin Kisner-Scott Brown and Nick Watney-Charley Hoffman teams were tied for second. Also still in contention are Jordan Spieth and Ryan Palmer, five shots behind.

The final round, which will start earlier than planned – at 6:40 a.m. – because of rain in the forecast, will return to the ”best ball” format used in the second round, in which each team takes the best score per hole.