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Australian Smith continues to lead the Hawaii golf tournament and is stalked by the Spaniard Rahm

The Australian Cameron Smith signed a card of 64 (-9) this Friday and increased his advantage in the Tournament of Champions of the PGA Tour of the


The Australian Cameron Smith signed a card of 64 (-9) this Friday and increased his advantage in the Tournament of Champions of the PGA Tour of the United States to three strokes of the world number one, the Spanish Jon Rahm, and the local Daniel Berger.

Smith finished the second round with a total of 129 hits (-17) at the par 73 Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii, equaling the tournament record of 36 holes set by Ernie Els in 2003.

Spaniard Rahm scored a second 66 (-7) for 132 (-14) and shared second place at 14 under par with American Berger, who also posted a 66 without bogey.

Rahm said “pretty much everything” went well in one round where he made seven birdies. “It was really good from the tee to the green. I feel like the greens were a little slower today and I felt like I made a lot of putts in line that with the right speed could have had a chance to come in.”

“Although I must emphasize that also my late putt today was excellent,” added Rahm. Despite the pros and cons, I had very good golf. “

Smith, a three-time winner on the US tour, started the day with a one-shot lead, but struggled early on with bogeys on the first and second holes. He hit a long eagle putt from the green on par five of the fifth hole. He added nine birdies, definitely walking away with birdies in the last four holes.

Mexican Abraham Ancer fell from 29 to 32 with 141 hits (-5) after a card with 69 (-4).

– Friday’s results at the US PGA Tour Champions tournament. (from Par 73):

1. Cameron Smith (AUS) 129 (65-64)

2. Jon Rahm (ESP) 132 (66-66)

. Daniel Berger (USA) 132 (66-66)

4. Patricio Cantlay (USA) 133 (66-67)

5. Hideki Matsuyama (JPN) 134 (69-65)

. Im Sung-jae (KOR) 134 (67-67)

7. Kevin Na (USA) 125 (67-68)

8. Sam Burns (USA) 136 (72-64)

. Seamus Power (IRL) 136 (71-65)

. Kim Si-woo (KOR) 136 (71-65)

. Xander Schauffele (USA) 136 (69-67)

. Stewart Cink (USA) 136 (69-67)

. Marc Leishman (AUS) 136 (69-67)

. Brooks Köpka (USA) 136 (68-68)

32. Abraham Ancer (MEX) 141 (72-69)

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