Cameron Smith Leads After Day One at Kapalua

Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman Sentry Kapalua
Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman walk off the 18th green after their first round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions on the Plantation Course at Kapalua on Jan 6, 2022 in Kapalua, Maui, Hawaii. (Photo by Ben Jared / PGA TOUR via Getty Images)

Cameron Smith shot a first-day 65 and will enter the second round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions holding a one-shot lead over a trio of names, including Jon Rahm, Patrick Cantlay and Daniel Berger.

The Aussie opened with par-bogey at the Plantation Course but then reeled off five birdies and two eagles over his final 16 holes to reach 8-under par.

“Yeah, I mean, I started off pretty terribly, to be honest,” said Smith. “I hit a couple of nice shots in and my yardages weren’t quite on point, I guess.

“Yeah, I just needed those two eagles to get a really low one happening. Obviously two really long putts and probably quite fortunate that they went in, but they went in.”

Rahm, Cantlay and Berger carded matching scores of 7-under 65.

Justin Thomas, a two-time winner, and tournament favorite, opened with a 74 and sits in last-place on 1-over par.

Sentry Tournament of Champions

Top 10: Leaderboard
1. Cameron Smith -8 (65)
2. Jon Rahm -7 (66)
2. Daniel Berger -7 (66)
2. Patrick Cantlay -7 (66)
5. Sungjae Im -6 (67)
5. Erik van Rooyen -6 (67)
5. Kevin Na -6 (67)
8. Talor Gooch -5 (68)
8. Collin Morikawa -5 (68)
8. Joel Dahmen -5 (68)
8. Brooks Koepka -5 (68)
8. Garrick Higgo -5 (68)

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