Cameron Smith, priced between 20-1 and 25-1, won the Tournament of Champions on Sunday by shooting the lowest score in relation to par in a four-round event in PGA Tour history. Smith, who led the field in both SG: Putting and SG: Off-The-Tee, finished at 34-under par to hold off world No. 1 Jon Rahm by a stroke and give this column its first win of the year.
Smith stays on the islands for the second portion of the Aloha swing, the Sony Open. At 9-1, he’s the tournament favorite coming off the victory at Kapalua and having won the Sony in 2020. He’s trying to become the third player to complete the Aloha Slam (Ernie Els, 2003; Justin Thomas, 2017).
Of the 38 players in the field last week, 23 are playing in the Sony Open. Seven of the last eight Sony winners played the prior week in Hawaii. Among the group playing back to back are Sungjae Im (16-1, 8th last week), Hideki Matsuyama (20-1, 13th), Marc Leishman (22-1, 10th), defending champion Kevin Na (30-1, 13th), Abraham Ancer (33-1, 35th), Harris English (35-1, 30th), Kevin Kisner (35-1, 8th), Talor Gooch (35-1, 15th), Matt Jones (50-1, 3rd).