If you follow golf in any capacity, you probably heard a lot about Cameron Smith over the past weekend as he put on an absolute clinic in Hawaii. Cameron, a long-time PGA Tour competitor, brought in the new year with a stunning 34 under victory on the Plantation Course at Kapalua. This victory not only netted the pro $1,476,000 but permanently entered his name into the history books, as Cameron’s showing was the lowest 4-round score ever posted on the PGA Tour.Embed from Getty Images
This particular record had been occupied by Ernie Els (31) since 2003, which Els recorded at the same course. Outside of Smith and Els, only two other players have ever recorded a 4-round tournament 30+ under up to this point.
To put it into perspective, Smith shot a score of 65 on day one, 64 on day two, 64 again on day three, and wrapped it up with another 65 on day four. The term consistency doesn’t even begin to explain how “in the zone” you have to be to play at this level. The craziest part about the tournament this year was that not only did Smith go very low, but so did several other players.Embed from Getty Images
The current number one player in the world, John Rahm, closed out the tournament with an impression 32-under and added a course record of 61 on day three. Crazy enough, Rahm only shared the history as Justin Thomas locked in a 61 on the same day. We can’t leave Matt Jones out of the conversation either, who finished the tournament at an impressive 32 strokes under par.
Course conditions were pristine, and the weather complimented it to the greatest extent, giving way to a highly entertaining display of golf at its highest level. What a way to begin 2022!