Cam smith Prevails in Playoff at Sony Open PDF Print E-mail


Cam Smith celebrates after winning the Sony Open

Honolulu - It was far from ideal conditions on Sunday at Waialae

Country Club, and it seemed for awhile that nobody wanted to take

home the Sony Open title. After starting out Thursday's opening round

bogey/triple bogey, it seemed like a long shot that Cam Smith would

even be around for the weekend, but the Aussie rallied to finish the

opening round at even par 70, then a blistering 2nd round 65. In round

3, Smith shot 66 to bolt up the leaderboard into contention.


Meanwhile, Californian Brendan Steele who led most of the final two

rounds (and took a three stroke lead into Sunday) was struggling

coming down the stretch. After missing the green and failing to get up

and down on the par 3 seventeenth, his lead was cut to one when Cam

Smith two putted for par. On 18, Steele was safely in the fairway but

pulled his approach into the grandstands, but managed to make par.

Smith faced a 9 foot birdie putt to tie Steele at 11 under par and send

the event to sudden death. When he calmly rolled in the birdie, the duo

went to overtime.


On the first extra hole, Smith recovered from a blocked tee shot with

a superb recovery to 10 feet. With the pressure clearly mounting, Steele

flew his approach over the green and failed to save par. Smith in routine

like fashion, two putted for his first individual PGA Tour title of his career

(he won the Zurich Classic two-man team event with Jonas Blixt in 2017).


"I've been out here four or five years now and to say that I have finally

won an event by myself is pretty good," Smith said. When discussing the

crisis his countrymen face back home in Australia with the tragic bush fires

he said, "We're a tight knit family and it kind of hit everyone pretty hard. It's

good to do something good, and hopefully puts a smile on their face."


Smith pledged to donate $500 for every birdie and $1000 for every eagle

he made at the Sony Open.