In a statistical show, taking all the streets and all the greens, Jon Rahm is still at the top in the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua (Hawaii). On a sunny day, very pleasant and with a light wind (the highest gusts did not reach 20 km / h), the Spaniard was distanced from the leader, the Australian Cameron Smith (64) by three strokes, although he repeated another 66 immaculate. An exciting weekend is presented for the world number 1.
While Smith equaled the tournament record after 36 holes (129 strokes), Jon responded by taking advantage of all the pairs 5. Except for the birdie of 14, from 4 meters, none of the putts that he holed exceeded the 2.5 m strip. and many of them stopped at the edge of the hole to the frustration of the world number 1 who could have hit the mat on a day in which, with the exception of Lucas Herbert (73), all the golfers played under par (73) posting the lowest lap in tournament history (67,816) since moving to The Plantation Course in 1999.
“The greens felt slower and I stopped many times the ball on the line of the hole. But it was a very solid round, “said Jon who defined his golf as” very, very good. “
Another Smith’s eagle
Smith was not so harmonious. It started with two bogeys – “They are among the most difficult holes on the course,” Rahm revealed- and then provoked a festival from hole 5. To the eagle in this (he has three in the tournament), he added nine birdies, four in the final four holes to enjoy the Second career lead in a PGA Tour event at the equator after the 2020 Augusta Masters, the one won by Dustin Johnson in the fall, when he was second. He accumulates 17 under par, the mark that Ernie Els had when he won the then Mercedes Championship in 2003 with 31 under par and which was a record on the American circuit for more than six years.
Collin Morikawa, the threat to Rahm for the number 1 in the world, dispatched a 70 that relegated him to the twenty-second position 6 strokes behind Barrika.