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Cameron Smith; Queenslander takes down Jon Rahm to win $2 million in Hawaii


Cameron Smith secured his second US PGA Tour win at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club in Hawaii. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP
Cameron Smith secured his second US PGA Tour win at the Plantation Course at Kapalua Golf Club in Hawaii. Gregory Shamus/Getty Images/AFP

Cameron Smith has cemented his place in world golf’s elite taking down world number one Jon Rahm in a final-round battle to collect a second US PGA Tour title and more than $2 million in Hawaii.

The Queenslander set a new tour scoring record finishing at 34-under, one-shot ahead of Rahm and two in front of fellow Aussie Matt Jones after a birdie blitz in Kapalua.

Smith started the final round tied in the lead with Rahm, pulled away from him across the front nine with four birdies to just two from the Spaniard who fought back on the final nine.

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The world number 21 was one shot in front going to the final hole and both missed eagle putts on the par-five 18th from just off the green.

Rahm then tapped in for birdie leaving Smith with a nervous one metre putt to win, which he nailed to become the first PGA Tour winner in 2021 with an all-time scoring record of 34-under par.

“Mate it was intense. Unreal round, something I’ll never forget,” Smith said.

“We wanted to get to 35-under, we missed it by one … but happy to come away with the win.”

Victory gave Smith a Hawaiian double having won the Sony Open, which will be played this week, in 2020

In a spectacular final round of scoring Smith also had to fend off Jones who came from the clouds with a closing 61, which included two eagles, to finish at 32-under and in third place.

Jones produced a 36-hole scoring record over the final two rounds, shooting a third-round 62 to make him 23-under par over the final two days.

Highlighting the quality of scoring in Hawaii, only four players had gone beyond 30-under par in a 72-hole event on the PGA tour since 1950.

Smith, Rahm and Jones made it three more in one event.

Jones, one of five Australians in the limited field event, provided some of the day’s best nightlights including holing out from the 13th fairway for eagle.

The Sydneysider also nailed a 15m birdie putt on the 17th hole to ensure a top-three finish and his best result since victory in the Houston Open in March, 2021.

The tournament has long been a good one for Australians.

Smith joined Stuart Appleby, who won three straight in 2004-06 and Geoff Ogilvy went back-to-back in 2009-10 as winners at Kapalua.

The win was Smith’s second stand-alone victory on the US PGA Tour, having won the Zurich Classic team’s event with Marc Leishman in 2021.

Cameron Smith went head-to-head with world number one Jon Rahm in the final round in Hawaii (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Cameron Smith went head-to-head with world number one Jon Rahm in the final round in Hawaii (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

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Russell Gould is a senior sportswriter with nearly 20 years’ experience across a wide variety of sports including AFL, cricket, golf, rugby league, rugby and horse racing. Starting as a sports reporter at MX, t… Read more

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