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Blixt, Smith surge ahead in second round of Zurich Classic

  • Teammates Jonas Blixt, left, of Sweden, and Cameron Smith, of Australia, laugh as they walk the ninth fairway during the second round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament's new two-man team format at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Teammates Jonas Blixt, left, of Sweden, and Cameron Smith, of Australia, laugh as they walk the ninth fairway during the second round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament's new two-man team format at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jonas Blixt, of Sweden, chips onto the eighth green during the second round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament's new two-man team format at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Jonas Blixt, of Sweden, chips onto the eighth green during the second round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament's new two-man team format at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

  • Jonas Blixt, of Sweden, reacts after sinking a putt for eagle on the seventh green during the second round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament's new two-man team format at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

    Jonas Blixt, of Sweden, reacts after sinking a putt for eagle on the seventh green during the second round of the PGA Zurich Classic golf tournament's new two-man team format at TPC Louisiana in Avondale, La., Friday, April 28, 2017. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)  (The Associated Press)

Jonas Blixt and Cameron Smith posted a 10-under 62 in Friday's four-ball format to move into the lead at the Zurich Classic, which is in its first year of a new team format.

Blixt and Smith have a two-day total of 15-under 129 to lead by one over Patrick Reed and Patrick Cantlay. The K.J Choi-Charlie Wi and Troy Merritt-Robert Streb pairings are tied for third at 13-under.

The four-ball format has each member of a two-man team playing his own ball throughout a round, with only the best score on each hole recorded. The same format will be used Sunday. The first and third rounds have an alternate-shot format.

The change from the alternate-shot approach produced much lower scores Friday.

The Zurich Classic was a standard individual tournament until changing formats this year. This marks the PGA Tour's first official team event since the 1981 Disney Classic.