Cameron Smith leader on Plantation Course

In Hawaii, after the first round, Cameron Smith is the leader of the Sentry Tournament of Champions, a PGA Tour tournament that sees 38 players competing who have won at least one tournament in 2021. In Kapalua, on the island of Maui, the Australian – 28 years old Brisbane who boasts three titles on the circuit – with a closed round in 65 (-8), backed by two eagles, five birdies and spotted by a bogey, he leads the leaderboard with a single shot ahead of Spaniard Jon Rahm (world number 1 ) and the Americans Patrick Cantlay (winner of the FedEx Cup in 2021) and Daniel Berger, all second with a score of 66 (-7). Immediately a convincing test for Rahm, protagonist of 18 bogey free holes, with seven birdies.

Cameron Smith, Sentry Tournament of Champions

The Basque golfer precedes in the ranking, among others, the Californian Collin Morikawa (second in the world ranking), eighth with 68 (-5) equal to, among others, four other competitors. On the Plantation Course (par 73) the show was certainly not lacking in the event that opened in 2022. Harris English, reigning champion, is only 35 / o (73, par). While Justin Thomas, who made him the event in 2017 and 2020, is 36 / o with 74 (+1) and shares the last position with Patrick Reed and Lucas Glover. Twenty-one years after his last appearance on the Sentry Tournament of Champions, Phil Mickelson (who scored in this competition in 1994 and 1998) is 25 / o with 71 (-2).

A new career as a mental coach, alongside some of the best golfers in the world to drag them to success and support them in times of difficulty. This is what Michael Phelps, the most decorated athlete in the history of the Olympics, seems to have undertaken (also in the name of friendship). A great golf enthusiast, many now define him as the “secret weapon” of green totems such as Jon Rahm, number one in the world ranking, and Jordan Spieth, the Texan who, after a long period of crisis, is back in 2021 to amaze.

“He’s a good guy, he’s been through a lot as a sportsman and he’s the greatest Olympian of all time with a lot of tricks up his sleeve. I’m not going to reveal what I asked him but I can say that he has helped me a lot in the last period. “. These are the revelations of the Spaniard Rahm. For the legendary swimmer, nicknamed ‘the Baltimore Shark’, important words also came from Spieth, today 12 / o in the world ranking. “The mental aspect is something I’ve worked on a lot with him lately. I’m really lucky to have him around. Besides, he’s a great lover of golf and having him now more and more in our world is an added value.” This is the opinion of Spieth who yesterday, alongside Phelps, played the Pro-Am of the BMW Championship, the second event of the Play-Offs of the Pga Tour starting today in Owing Mills (USA), Maryland.