The Sentry Tournament of Champions goes to Cameron Smith who, in Hawaii, with a total of 258 (65 64 64 65, -34) strokes surpasses Jon Rahm, world number 1, and celebrates his fourth career title on the PGA Tour of golf at 157th apparition.
Cameron Smith, Sentry
After Geoff Ogilvy (champion in 2009 and 2010), an Australian thus returns to impose himself on the Sentry Tournament, putting an end to an all-American hegemony that had lasted since 2011. It is a record success for Smith. In Kapalua, on the island of Maui, the 28-year-old from Brisbane has signed the lowest score, since 1950, on the top US men’s circuit in a 72-hole event. Overcoming the previous record of the South African Ernie Els who, in 2003, managed to win this competition with a total of “-31”. For Smith it is the second exploit in Hawaii after the one signed in 2020 at the Sony Open (for him also two seals at the Zurich Classic, competition in pairs), the first to arrive without the need to resort to the playoff. For him (in the lead from the first lap) also a check for 1,476,000 dollars against a total prize money of 8,200,000. A final bogey free lap (closed in 65, -8) with eight birdies (one of which in the final) was decisive for the victory.
On the Plantation Course (par 73), nothing to do for Rahm, runner-up with 259 (-33). Another round without errors (the Spaniard recorded only one bogey in the “moving day” in four laps) for Barrika’s ace, who did not need seven birdies (in the last 18 holes) to make the contest his own. For the eighth time in 114 races the Basque ace thus closes in second place, retaining the world leadership and equaling the birdie record (32) in an appointment of the PGA Tour which, since 2001, belonged to Paul Gow (BC Open) and to Mark Calavecchia (Phoenix Open). Final race show for another Australian, Matt Jones, third with 260 (-32) at the end of a fourth round marked by a 61 (-12). Fourth place (266, -26) for Patrick Cantlay, winner of the FedEx Cup in 2021. Nice reaction for Collin Morikawa. The Californian, second in the world ranking, recovered fourteen positions, finishing fifth (267, -25) like Justin Thomas (who scored in 2017 and 2020) and Daniel Berger. Anonymous test for Harris English. Winner in 2021, he didn’t go beyond 30th place (278, -14). And so the first tournament of 2022, reserved for 38 winners of the 2021 PGA Tour, goes to Smith. Great feat for the Australian who beats Rahm and celebrates his successful poker on the top American circuit.