American golfers Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele played the nine in 8-under 28 and shot a 12-under 60 in the nest ball play on Saturday and subsequently shattered the Zurich Classic three-round record at 29 under and stretched their lead to 5 strokes. Cantlay and Schauffele also broke the 54-hole mark of 23 under.
Swedish golfer Jonas Blixt and American golfer Kevin Brown set the 72-hole mark of 27 under back in 2017, the first year of the team format at TPC, Louisiana. The final round will be an alternate shot. Cantlay and Schauffele opened the tournament record with the best-ball play on Thursday and had a 68 in alternate shots and maintained a 1 stroke lead.
“We’re going to try and do exactly what we did on Friday”
The duo set the 18 holes, opening round, 36-hole and 54-hole records. “We’re going to try and do exactly what we did on Friday, which is sort of plot along, play our games and, leave each other in good spots and try to hole some putts,” Schauffele said. “It’s the third quarter. We finished a really good three quarters here and we have one more to go”.
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Cantlay and Schauffele trailed briefly during the second round, managing to make just one birdie in the first four holes. After making par- 4 14th, Cantlay birdied the next three holes and Schauffele birdied par- 5 18th. “In a format like today you’re just trying to birdie every single hole, and tomorrow will be more patient, solid, smart golf and that’s something we’re both really good at, so we’re looking forward to the challenge,” Cantlay said.
South African players Garrick Higgo and Branden Grace were second at 24 under a 63. “Everything could change tomorrow,” Grace admitted, as he was unsure about whether he would play because of his son’s birthday. “I thought with Higgo being a lefty, some of these holes would suit him really well and some of the other holes would suit me really well, and it’s been good”.
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