Smith out to defend Sony Open in Hawaii title


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2021 Sony Open in Hawaii 

US PGA Tour 

Waialae Country Club
Honolulu, Hawaii
14-17  January 2021  
 
Cameron Smith will be keen to successfully defend his Sony Open in Hawaii title.
 
The Australian star won this tournament for the first time in a playoff over American player Brendan Steele.
 
This was his first individual victory on the PGA Tour having turned professional in 2013.
 
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The 27-year-old has also clinched the Australian PGA Championship, which he won back-to-back in 2017 and 2018.
 
Smith, partnered with Jonas Blixt, won the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the first team event on the PGA Tour since 1981. 
 
The duo did not make a bogey during the tournament and defeated Scott Brown and Kevin Kisner in a playoff.
 
Smith, who is based in Florida, USA, finished tied for runner-up to American superstar Dustin Johnson at the 2020 Masters Tournament. 
 
Kevin Kisner in action 
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The Queensland-born golfer also became the first golfer in Masters history to shoot all four rounds in the 60's (67-68-69-69).
 
Smith reflected on his 2020 triumph at the Sony Open in Hawaii and he opened up about his preparations for this year's tournament. 
 
“Things just fell into place, and sometimes you just need a little bit of luck to kind go your way,” Smith said. 
 
“You never know what can happen. In past years I’ve had three weeks, four weeks off before I get [to Hawaii], and I’m typically pretty lazy when I'm home, eating pies and stuff. 
 
“So it’s actually been quite good in the fact that I’ve been able to kind of carry over [my play from the end of the year]."
 

Last five Sony Open in Hawaii winners

 
2016 - Fabian Gomez - Argentina 
2017 - Justin Thomas - USA 
2018 - Patton Kizzire - USA 
2019 - Matt Kuchar - USA
2020 - Cameron Smith - Australia 
 

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Published: 01/14/2021