With Kapalua Win, Cam Smith Becomes 113th Player to Break Into Top 10

Cameron Smith Wins Sentry Tournament of Champions 2022
Cameron Smith plays his shot from the 6th tee during the final round of the Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course at Kapalua GC on Jan 9, 2022 in Lahaina, Hawaii. (Photo by Gregory Shamus via Getty Images)

Cameron Smith completed the final round with a three-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole to post an 8-under 65, reaching a record 34–under par, and claim a one-shot victory over Jon Rahm at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

With the win, Smith jumped 11 spots in the Official World Golf Rankings to a career best of No.10.

Smith’s entry knocked Sam Burns, who last week became the 112th player to crack the top 10, back to No. 11.

The 28-year-old becomes the 113th player to claim a top-10 place in the OWGR since it was launched in 1986. He is the ninth Aussie, joining Stuart Appleby, Ian Baker-Finch, Rodger Davis, Jason Day, Steve Elkington, Greg Norman, Geoff Ogilvy and Adam Scott to achieve this status.

Smith became the sixth player to have won at both Hawaii stops on the PGA Tour. He won the Sony Open in Honolulu two years ago in a playoff over Brendan Steele.

Rahm easily kept his No. 1 ranking and did little wrong in his return from the longest break of his pro tour career. He had a 20-foot birdie putt to tie for the lead on the 17th, his last good chance to catch Smith, but narrowly missed.

Other movement in the top 10, included Justin Thomas, who posted a T5 at Kapalua, moving back into the top-5, with Bryson DeChambeau falling from 5th to 8th.

Source: Official World Golf Ranking


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