Weekly Recap: Team Aussie Takes It

Weekly Recap: Team Aussie Takes It

This article is part of our Weekly Recap series.

The Zurich Classic of New Orleans is an event more reminiscent of golf's erstwhile "Silly Season" than the PGA Tour. You know, the old Skins Game, the Wendy's Three-Tour Challenge and the like. 

But while there were a lot of smiles during play at TPC Louisiana all week long, there was a bit of drama late on Sunday as the teams of Marc Leishman-Cameron Smith and Louis Oosthuizen-Charl Schwartzel battled for the title. The CBS crew did its best to pump up the volume, though a seemingly large gallery on hand was able to accomplish that all on its own.

But Oosthuizen sent his tee ball on the first playoff hole into the water, taking all the air out of the room and leading to the Australian team's victory.

The golfers don't receive world rankings points for this event, but they do get FedExCup points. Smith – seemingly a lock for the Tour Championship – is now third in the standings and Leishman 29th, moving inside the coveted top-30 line.

Smith has been playing well all season long, as his place in the standings illustrates. But it had been largely a down season for Leishman, at least until this month. He tied for fifth at the Masters and now has a sixth PGA Tour title. It's impossible to conclusively know how the results of the team event will translate to upcoming singles play, but Leishman has to be feeling good about the rest of his season.

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Len Hochberg
Len Hochberg has covered golf for RotoWire since 2013. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years. He was named 2020 "DFS Writer of the Year" by the FSWA and was nominated for the same award in 2019.
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