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Zurich Classic 2021: Oosthuizen, Schwartzel Pairing Takes Lead into Final Round

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorApril 24, 2021

Marc Leishman of Australia hits off the second tee during the third round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Saturday, April 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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The team of Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel leads the Zurich Classic of New Orleans at 19 under after shooting a nine-under 63 on Saturday.

Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith sit one stroke back after shooting a nine-under 63 as well. Cameron Champ and Tony Finau, who entered Saturday tied for the tournament lead, are also at under 18.

Bubba Watson and Scottie Scheffler as well as Viktor Hovland and Kris Ventura are alone in fourth at under 17.

The team event uses a best-ball format in the first and third rounds and foursomes in the second and fourth rounds.

In best ball, both teammates play their own shots, with the top individual score representing the team. In foursomes, teammates alternate shots from the tee to the hole, with the final combined result representing the team.

The most exciting action of the day may have come courtesy of alligators lurking on the golf course.

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Gator crossing. 🐊🚷 https://t.co/wTc7YOFOiU

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"Other duties as assigned" 🧹 🐊 https://t.co/Y1XXYdfToS

Wyndham Clark apparently has no fear, as he walked into the lake to drill this shot:

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.@Wyndham_Clark isn't afraid of gators or getting a little muddy. 😳 https://t.co/LB8LGGqR8E

Champ doesn't either, as he made a new friend on the 18th hole.

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Here's why you don't hit into the water @TPCLouisiana. 🐊 https://t.co/IFXu1iTbNN

Leishman also provided some entertainment by wearing a mullet wig to try to match Smith's hairstyle:

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Matching mullets for the win. 💯 https://t.co/WX7HnWoXxQ

Perhaps that mullet magic led to the Australians' excellent day. They dominated the third round, with Leishman notably hitting this beauty:

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.@MarcLeish with the soft touch. 👌 The Aussies are 7-under thru 11 today and have the co-lead. 🇦🇺 https://t.co/onBeUiE3zc

Here's the Leishman-Smith final scorecard:

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9-under for the men from The Land Down Under. 🇦🇺 @MarcLeish & Cameron Smith co-lead @Zurich_Classic. https://t.co/5C32O4D42L

Despite the excellent effort, they are playing catch-up to Oosthuizen and Schwartzel, who finished the back nine with six birdies. Oosthuizen ended with the final three, including this 33-foot, four-inch birdie on the par-three 17th.

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Louis for the lead! 👑 @Louis57TM & @CA_Schwartzel are on top at -18 @Zurich_Classic. https://t.co/IrqyH1LaqE

Elsewhere, Finau and Champ entered Saturday tied with Hovland and Ventura for first place at 13 under, and they started the third round with a bang:

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An early statement from Team #SendIt. 💥 @TonyFinauGolf and @Cameron__Champ lead by 1 @ZurichClassic. https://t.co/3Na6mScKaG

Finau also later helped the team take the solo lead at 17 under:

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Perfect execution from @TonyFinauGolf. 🐦 Team #SendIt takes the solo lead at -17. https://t.co/YT9o0hD3m8

The duo closed with a birdie to finish one stroke behind the leaders.

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