Weekly Recap: New Year, New Record

Weekly Recap: New Year, New Record

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Matt Jones, we have good news and bad news for you. The good? You shot 32-under-par at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, better than any previous 72-hole stroke-play score in PGA Tour history. The bad news? You didn't win. In fact, you didn't even finish second.

Jon Rahm, we have good news and bad news for you, too. The good? You shot even lower than Jones, an astounding 33-under-par, and tied the all-time tournament mark with 32 birdies. The bad news? You didn't win either.

In the biggest birdie-fest in golf history, three golfers blew past the magical 30-under-par mark on Sunday at Kapalua, with Cameron Smith going the lowest of the low, at 34-under, to edge Rahm by one stroke.

The previous record for a 72-hole stroke-play event was 31-under set by Ernie Els right here at the Plantation Course back in 2003. 

The 28-year-old Smith moved into the top 10 in the world rankings for the first time, right at No. 10. His previous best was 20th and he began the week at No. 21. He also, obviously, became the first golfer to qualify for the 2023 TOC.

This is already the eighth season on Tour for mullet-sporting Aussie, and he really seems to have entered his prime. This was his fourth win on Tour, and he has now won in three straight years. He also just missed another win last summer when he dropped a playoff to Tony Finau at The Northern Trust . It's

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Len Hochberg
Len Hochberg has covered golf for RotoWire since 2013. A veteran sports journalist, he was an editor and reporter at The Washington Post for many years. He was named 2020 "DFS Writer of the Year" by the FSWA and was nominated for the same award in 2019.
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