AmericaCameron Smith on August 6 used just 18 strokes for the whole second round at WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational on the PGA Tour at TPC Southwind in Memphis, Tennessee.
With a stellar hole-closing performance, Smith hit the record for “least putt match” in PGA Tour history from 1929, including his time under the Professional Golf Association of America (PGAA). The Australian golfer is the 12th person named in the list of record holders in this statistic.
On leg two FedEx St. Yesterday’s Jude Invitational, Smith closed four holes without a putt – holes 3, 4, 8 and 16 with eagle-par-par-birdie results respectively, in which the first phase came from the bunker, the remaining three times were chips from green edge. This no-putting count made up for two putts holding par on holes 2, 11, 13 and 18. He hit 33.5 meters in total put-in distance, throughout the no-bogey, and also topped the tournament in closing performance. .
“I didn’t even believe it when I counted the putts. Even on the 17th hole, I thought to myself ‘there must be something wrong,'” Smith said. Golfweek.
Yesterday, Smith scored round -8 – one eagle, six birdies on par70. Finishing the match “like a field”, he jumped 11 places to T2 with a score of -11 after 36 numbers, next to Abraham Ancer from Mexico. Both ways Harris English is at the top of the table by two strokes. The top 20 after two rounds recorded three American players in the top 7 in the world (OWGR table) – Dustin Johnson, Justin Thomas and Bryson DeChambeau, of which Thomas was the defending champion. They are standing at T13 (point -6), one stick above compatriot Phil Mickelson.
Smith has won three PGA Tour championships over eight professional years. Last week, he attended Tokyo 2020 with a “modified mullet” hairstyle, finishing T10 at -14 through 72 holes on par71.
FedEx St Jude Invitational 2021 brings together 66 competitors, including the top 50 in the world. The bonus fund reached 10.5 million USD, of which 18% went to the champion. From next season, the tournament leaves the World Golf Championship, but will open a series of three playoff events that determine the final outcome of the FedEx Cup.
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