Jon Rahm and Cameron Smith Relishing Leaderboard Battle at 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions

Published 01/09/2022, 3:00 PM EST


Jon Rahm and Cameron Smith have been two of the brightest stars at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, which is currently underway in Maui. The pair, tied at the top, will enter the final day five strokes behind their nearest competitor, Daniel Berger. Moreover, if all goes as planned, the two will fight a fierce battle for the trophy.

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Despite a shaky bogey-bogey start, Smith did not lose focus. On day one itself, he cemented his top spot with a score of 65. And contrary to everyone’s belief, he did not surrender his lead. No, once he stepped into the limelight, he did not want to relinquish it. Over the next two rounds, he further established his supremacy and on the morning of the final day, stands T-1 with Jon Rahm.

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Rahm, too, played a couple of consistent rounds. With two rounds of 7-under, he topped it off with a spectacular third round of 61, 12 stroked under par! This low score was a course record that he made alongside Justin Thomas for the lowest score ever carded. Rahm and Smith, however, will have their eyes on something other than the trophy too. Currently, at 26-under, the two have the chance of breaching Ernie Els’s record of the lowest four rounds ever played on the PGA Tour, set at 31-under.

Cameron Smith and Jon Rahm reveal what it’s like playing one another

January 6, 2022; Maui, Hawaii, USA; Cameron Smith lines up his putt on the 18th hole during the first round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions golf tournament at Kapalua Resort – The Plantation Course. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

After the third round interview, both golfers were questioned on the stiff competition that prevailed between the two. Smith replied, “Yeah, it was really good fun out there today. Obviously, playing nice golf helps. But watching Jon was pretty intense there on that back nine, some of the best golf I think I’ve ever seen, definitely some of the best putting. So, yeah, one more day. Hopefully, we can do much of the same tomorrow and we’ll see what happens.”

To Rahm, the reporter asked what it was like to play the Australian and also asked him to comment on the dynamic that the two share. The current world number 1, who was in the same pairing as Smith, replied, “Yeah, it was fun. I told him it looks about this big to him right now. You know, you feed off each other, right?”

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“I had three shots to make up today, and he wasn’t making it easy and not that I’m about a thinking about a score, I’m just trying to shoot the lowest score I can on a hole. I was able to execute perfectly and give myself a lot of chances and a lot of those were short putts.”

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It’s extremely exciting to see how it will all play out and who will snag the trophy! However, fans should always expect the unexpected and be prepared for the possibility of another man winning the race tomorrow. If Justin Thomas can produce a repeat of Saturday’s performance, he could pose a serious threat to Jon and Cameron! What do you think?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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