It was a very emotional Cameron Smith that lifted the Sony Open in Hawaii yesterday as his thoughts were clearly with his fellow Australians battling deadly bushfires back home including his Uncle Warren who lost his home and farm.


On the course Smith was nerveless in a playoff with Brendan Steele beating him with a two putt par on the first playoff hole.



The 26 year old started the event at 60/1 in the betting and looked value after a T10 at the Australian PGA before Christmas and a T3 at the CJ Cup.  The win is technically Smith's second on the PGA Tour but his first "solo" win; he won the 2017 Zurich Classic when he teamed up with Jonas Blixt.

Before the event began at Waialae Country Club Smith pledged to donate $500 for every birdie and $1000 for every eagle he made in the tournament to go towards the wildfire relief efforts at home.

“Every birdie putt I had, just meant that little bit more. Rather than kind of wanting to make it I almost felt like I had to make it,” Smith said after winning.

What's In The Bag 2020 Cameron Smith


Driver: Titleist TS2 (9.5 degrees) with a UST Mamiya Elements Platinum 6F5 shaft.
3-wood: Titleist TS2 (15 degrees) with a UST Mamiya Elements Platinum 7F5 shaft.
Utility Iron: Titleist U500 (3) with a Dynamic Gold AMT White X100 shaft
Irons:  Titleist T100 Black (4-9) with Dynamic Gold Tour Issue Black Onyx X100 shafts.
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (46, 52, 56, 60) with KBS Tour 130X  shafts. (*46 deg has Black Onyx X100)
Putter: Scotty Cameron TFB 1.5 Teryllium
Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

2020 Sony Open Highlights



Cam Smith Winning Stats Check

For the week Smith hit 36 fairways with his Titleist TS1 driver, and 11 of 14 Sunday averaging 297.3 yards. The Aussie got back on track with his Titleist T100 irons hitting 51 greens, T20 in the GIR stats.  On the greens he was peerless in the birdie stats with a field topping 21 using his Scotty Cameron TFB 1.5 Teryllium putter. In total he needed 111 putts, for a T4 clip in total putting. Those 21 birdies versus 7 bogeys for the week Smith resulted in a charity total of  $21,000 towards wildfire aid at home in Australia.

2020 SA Open Branden Grace WITB


Branden Grace got his 2020 off to dream start by carding an incredible 62 to storm to victory at the South African Open at Randpark Golf Club. Even a hole in one fromrunner up Louis Oosthuizen could only get him within three shots of the amazing Grace.

The 31-year-old was on fire on the greens and afterwards thanked his putting coach Brad Faxon for transforming his stroke.  The win signals a return to form for Grace who had slipped to 126th in the world after a forgettable 2019 season.  With the win he's now back up to 72nd in the OWGR and secures a coveted spot at the 2020 Open Champion.

Speaking of slots at Royal St George's special mention must go to Marcus Armitage for securing his Open berth, after his best ever finish on Tour with third place.

What's In The Bag 2020 Branden Grace


Driver: Callaway GBB Epic (9 degrees) with a Fujikura Tour Spec X shaft.
3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash (15 degrees) with an Oban Kiyoshi Black 75 shaft.
Hybrid: PXG 0317X (17 degrees) with a Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 83 X shaft.
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro 19 (4-PW) with True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts.
Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (52, 56, 60) with True Temper Project X 6.5 shafts.
Putter: Odyssey Toulon Atlanta Stroke Lab
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x


Highlights


Branden Grace Winning Stats Check

Branden Grace hit 30 fairways for the week with his Callaway Epic driver, T13 in the stats, and averaged 298.1 yards. That improved up a clip of 54 greens in regulation (T13 in the GIR stats) using his Callaway Apex Pro 19 irons.
Using an Odyssey Toulon Atlanta Stroke Lab putter the South African took 106 putts total but needed a miserly 22 on Sunday.  His final round included 7 birdies and an eagle and nine consecutive one putts mid round. Grace topped several stats for the week including Strokes Gained Total with +5.02.



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