The Sentry Tournament of Champions: 2nd Round
Kapalua, Hawaii - Cameron Smith shot an 8-under (65), three strokes off the course record and holds a one-stroke lead over reigning FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay, World No. 1 Jon Rahm and four-time PGA Tour winner Daniel Berger.
Smith carded his third-ever opening-round lead/co-lead on Tour but is 0-for-2 to date.
FedEx Cup points leader, Talor Gooch, posted 5-under 68 in tournament debut. Gooch and nine other players in the Sentry field are making their Tournament of Champions debut.
Daniel Berger (T-2) opened with a score of 7-under (66) or better for the first time in his PGA TOUR career while 1994 and 1998 Sentry Tournament of Champions winner Phil Mickelson (T-25) posted 2-under (71) in first Kapalua start since 2001.
Justin Thomas (T-36) carded an opening-round (740, just his third over-par score in 25 rounds in the event (R2/R3/2018).
Due to wet conditions, preferred lies were in effect for the first round.
Leaderboard After Round 1:
Cameron Smith 65 (-8)
Daniel Berger 66 (-7)
Jon Rahm 66 (-7)
Patrick Cantlay 66 (-7)
Weather: The Friday forecast calls for mostly sunny skies. Temperature 66-79 degrees, with zero chance of rain. Winds 8-16 mph (link)
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Sentry Tournament of Champions
COURSE: Plantation Course at Kapalua - (Maui, Hawaii)
YARDS/PAR: 7,596 yards/Par 73
PRIZE Money/First Place Winnings: $8,200,000/$1,476,000
DEFENDING CHAMPION: Harris English
PAST RESULTS: (link)
PAST CHAMPIONS: (link)
OFFICIAL SITE: (Sentry TofC)
TV COVERAGE: This evening, January 7, TV coverage goes from 6:00pm to 10:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel. On Saturday, January 8, Round 3 coverage is 6:00pm to 10:00pm (ET) on Golf Channel. On Sunday, January 9: NBC opens final round coverage 4:00pm to 6:00pm (ET) and Golf Channel wraps it up from 6:00pm to 8:00pm (ET)
PGA TOUR LIVE - STREAMING on ESPN+: Streaming coverage will now be featured on ESPN-Plus at 3:15pm (ET) and continuing at 6:00pm (ET) with Featured Hole and Featured Groups. On Saturday, ESPN+ will stream coverage at 3:15am and 6:00pm (ET). On Sunday, ESPN+coverage is online at 1:30pm ET and 4:00pm ET.
PGA TOUR RADIO COVERAGE: SiriusXM Radio will have live radio coverage of the The Sentry with broadcasts from 4:00pm to 10:00pm (ET) today. Weekend coverage on Sirius XM Radio runs from 5:00pm to 10:00pm and from 3:00pm to 8:00pm (ET) on Sunday. PGA Tour Radio is available on Sirius 208/XM 92 or online via PGATour(dot)com.
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What They’re Saying:
Cameron Smith leads after Round 1 at Kapalua (PGATourCom)
First Day of PGA TOUR golf had a little of everything (CBS Sports HQ)
Eagle Lands Twice for Cameron Smith (Golf Week)
How to Watch This Week and ESPN+ Update (PGATourCom)
Golf Industry News:
Steve Stricker Recovering (ESPNcom)
On This Day in Golf History:
January 7, 1974 - One day after shooting a two-under par (70) at a rain soaked Pebble Beach, reigning U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller is declared the champion of the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am after only 54 holes. - Courtesy of Randy Walker, Author of On This Day in Golf History, available via Amazon.com and by clicking HERE