Jon Rahm has one option if he is looking to start the year with a win. That’s to birdie at Kapalua as many holes possible in the Sentry Tournament of Champions.
Jon Rahm is tied with Cameron Smith was tied for first as of Saturday.
After exchanging great shots with Cameron Smith over three hours, Rahm was now ready to leave the course.
It was a fantastic display of skill on a Plantation course that was without wind and very soft.
Rahm finished his last 12 holes in 11-under par. He tied the course record and his personal best on the PGA Tour with a 12-under 61.
Cameron Smith was equally skilled with his wedges and putter. Smith matched birdies on the back nine with Rahm. Cameron Smith failed to convert on a 15 foot birdie putt at end.
Smith had to settle for a 64 after playing his last 12 holes in 8 under.
Since 1999, when the Tournament of Champions moved to Maui’s west end, Kapalua saw an average score of 67.7. The record previous to this was 67.8 on Friday.
Smith and Rahm were at 26-under 193, five strokes ahead of Daniel Berger who shot a third straight round of 66. This was not nearly enough for the perfect week of warm weather and very little wind, with extremely low scoring.
Ernie Els, who set the PGA Tour record at Kapalua for lowest score to par in 2003 with 31 under, is now retired. This record is in serious jeopardy today.
All 38 players scored below par.