Cameron Smith – extends lead to three
Cameron Smith has continued his love affair with Hawaii by extending his opening round lead of one to three at the halfway mark of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua on Maui.
Smith recovered from a slow start to his round on day two after bogeys at his opening two holes had him on the back foot. Just as he had yesterday, however, Smith eagled his 5th hole and he was on his way to a round of 64 which included four consecutive birdies to finish.
Smith’s big moment in Hawaii came nearly two years ago when he won the Sony Open in Honolulu, but this week he has a chance to add yet another significant title in the middle of the Pacific by separating himself from this quality field.
“Yeah, a few bad shots there the first couple of holes,” said Smith after his round. “I didn’t really feel that comfortable on the range this morning and it kind of showed those first couple. Yeah, figured it out by the 4th or 5th and was able to get on a bit of a roll with the putter as well.”
Smith might well be on track for a PGA Tour record score as it was over this layout in 2003 when Ernie Els was 17 under through 36 holes and eventually finished 31 under. This is, though, a par 73 layout.
It was of little relevance to Smith, however. “Yeah, I mean, if you hadn’t have told me that, I would have had no idea. I’m really, I’m just trying to do the best I can, to be honest.”
“I’m worried about one shot at a time. Those records are cool and stuff, but, yeah, I’m just trying to do my best I can every shot.”
Smith leads by three over world number one, Jon Rahm, and Daniel Berger, both of whom have recorded consecutive rounds of 66.
Smith is one of five Australians in the field. Marc Leishman is tied for 8th place albeit ten shots behind his fellow countryman, Matt Jones and Cameron Davis are at 9 under and Lucas Herbert at 4 under.
The tournament carries prizemoney of $8,200,000 with $1,476,000 to the winner.