Smith, Blixt to play Aussie summer of golf

The winning combination of Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt is headed to Australia for the Emirates Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship.

Queenslander Smith, 24, was the toast of Australian sport when he teamed up with Swede Blixt to win the PGA Tour’s inaugural team-format Zurich Classic.

Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith holding the Zurich Classic trophy (Credit: PGA Tour)

It was a stunning victory in which the pair defeated Americans Scott Brown and Kevin Kisner in a Monday playoff.

Now the duo will return to Australia to celebrate their victory.

“Winning on the PGA TOUR was a dream come true for me,” Smith said.

“I am excited to come home this year as a PGA Tour winner and play in the Emirates Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship.

“It is great that Jonas (Blixt) is coming, too. I am sure that he is going to enjoy playing in front of the Australian crowds.”

It will be the first time three-time PGA Tour winner Blixt, 33, tees up in the Emirates Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship. The last time he played in Australia was the 2013 World Cup of Golf.

Event organisers are thrilled to have Smith and Blixt adding to the depth of talent attracted by each of the tournaments.

Smith and Blixt will join defending champion Jordan Spieth and Jason Day at the Emirates Australian Open to be played from 23-26 November at The Australian Golf Club.

The pair will then join Masters Champions Sergio Garcia and Adam Scott on the Gold Coast for the Australian PGA Championship to be played at RACV Royal Pines Resort from 30 November – 3 December.

Australian sports fans will be able to watch Sergio Garcia, Adam Scott, Cameron Smith and Jonas Blixt in action thanks to fan friendly ticket prices.

General admission to the Australian PGA Championship is $25 when purchased at the gate or via Ticketmaster with children, 16 and under, granted free admission when attending with a paying adult.

The Emirates Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship are flagship tournaments on the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia. The winner will receive a minimum of 32 Official World Golf Ranking points.

Both events will be telecast all four days on Channel 7.

Tickets to the Emirates Australian Open are on sale now from Ticketek at www.ticketek.com or by calling 132 849.