Tournament of Champions: Cameron Smith scores PGA record 34-under to outlast John Rahm | Golf News

Cameron Smith finished 34-under 258, a new PGA Tour record for under-par shots; John Rahm produced 33 under and Matt Jones 32 under in Kapalua; Smith’s victory is his fourth career PGA Tour title

Last updated: 01/10/22 7:52

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Cameron Smith reflects on her record-breaking Tournament of Champions victory

Cameron Smith reflects on her record-breaking Tournament of Champions victory

Cameron Smith produced a new 72-hole PGA record with a low score of 34 under to conquer the Tournament of Champions and beat world number 1 John Rahm with a single shot.

Smith was relentless all day, right up to the 3-foot birdie putt he hit on the 18th hole for an 8-under 65 and one-shot win on Sunday.

The new tournament record – of three hits – broke Ernie Els ‘previous best of 31 under in 2003. During a stunning competition, two other players eclipsed Els’ benchmark: Smith, Rahm and Matt Jones.

“Round unreal,” said Smith. “Something I will never forget.

“Being a leader isn’t easy, with restless sleeps. I feel like I’ve spent a lot of time looking up at the ceiling.

“But it was nice to see where my game is against some of the best players in the world. I worked hard and it paid off early in the season.”

Smith hit eight birdies on the day, including four in the last six holes, to keep his competition at bay.

The win was Smith’s fourth on the Tour. His most recent win earlier than Sunday was at the Zurich Classic in New Orleans – coincidentally where he also won his first championship – last spring.

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Rahm, who finished with a 7-under-66 on Sunday, birdwatched his last hole to keep the pressure on Smith, before Smith equaled his round.

Rahm scored 32 birdies in four rounds, tying another PGA Tour record. He drew Mark Calcavecchia (2001 Phoenix Open) and Paul Gow (2001 BC Open).

“I have every reason to smile,” said Rahm. “It’s a bittersweet time.”

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Check out the highlights of the Sentinel Champions Tournament

Check out the highlights of the Sentinel Champions Tournament

Jones added an impressive third performance, firing a searing 12-under 61 on Sunday, a round that included two eagles and eight birdies.

After scoring a 62 on Saturday, this gave Jones a PGA record of his own, the lowest score of 36 holes at 23 under.

Patrick Cantlay finished fourth with 26 under 67 after his final 6 under 67 round.

Three golfers finished in fifth place at 25 under. Collin Morikawa threw a 62 on Sunday, Justin Thomas recorded a 65 and Daniel Berger a 69.

Kevin Kisner fired a last-round 65 to create an eight-place tie with South Korean Sungjae Im (last-round 69) at 24-less.

Cam Davis (66) and Marc Leishman (68) completed the Top 10, finishing 23 under for the tournament.

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