Fitter Smith fancies Hawaiian double

Fitter Smith fancies Hawaiian double

The Australian goes into the Sony Open in unfamiliar territory because the betting favorite.

That backing comes with good motive.

Not solely did he produce eye-popping stats to win the Event of Champions on Maui on Sunday, he’s additionally a previous Sony Open champion, having triumphed on the Waialae Nation Membership in Honolulu in 2020.

Newly-installed on this planet top-10 after compiling a staggering 31 birdies and three eagles to carry off World No.1 Jon Rahm and win at a Tour-record 34 below final week, Smith declared on Wednesday: “I am able to get again into it.”

The 28-year-old Queenslander admitted extra low season health club work and an improved weight-reduction plan had paid off on final week’s hilly course.

“It was simply one thing that I wanted to do,” Smith stated.

“I am not getting any youthful. I do know I am nonetheless solely 28, however I want to begin taking care of my physique and I want to begin placing the best stuff in it as properly.”

Smith spoke final week about how Hawaii reminded him of dwelling state Queensland and he is much more at dwelling this week with the flat Waialae GC course.

“The course I grew up on was actually flat and the grass we performed off is nearly equivalent,” he stated. “So yeah, I really feel actually assured across the greens right here as properly.”

Final week Rahm matched essentially the most birdies in a PGA Tour 72-hole occasion with 32, whereas Australian Matt Jones tied the bottom 36-hole rating (consecutive) at 123.

Nobody ought to count on the low scoring to drop off a lot this week.

Justin Thomas shot a 59 on this course when he gained at 27-under in 2017, finishing the identical Hawaii title double which Smith is now concentrating on.

Defending champion Kevin Na says such low scores are a transparent reminder the sport of golf is at all times evolving.

“The expertise and the teaching, the data that is on the market and that helps gamers enhance their sport is so good that everybody has actually elevated their sport,” stated Na.

“You see the scores final week, it simply reveals how good everyone seems to be. The course just isn’t straightforward. Was it taking part in a little bit bit simpler than regular? Sure. However you have to give the credit score to the fellows on Tour how properly they’re taking part in.

“I believe the depth of the sector is getting stronger. When the fellows get scorching, they aren’t scared and I believe increasingly you may see record-setting scores.”

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