Sentry Tournament of Champions Round 1 Recap

Sentry Tournament of Champions Round 1 Recap

Friday, January 7th, 2022

Rahm and Cantlay Pick Up Where They Left Off, Trail Cameron Smith by 1 Stroke After Round 1 of PGA Tour’s Sentry Tournament of Champions

Here we have a Sentry Tournament of Champions round 1 recap, in case you don’t want to miss the details. After 12 holes, Patrick Cantlay and Jon Rahm—the top-two finishers in last year’s FedEx Cup—were racking up pars at Kapalua but sat well behind leader Cameron Smith, who finished his round with an 8-under 65 in round one of the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Hawaii.

Then starting at the 13th hole, the defending FedEx Cup champ and world’s No. 1 golfer turned things up. Cantlay finished the last six holes in a fury, going six-under in that span with four birdies and an eagle on the par-5 15th hole. Rahm birdied four of the last six, and both men finished at 7-under, one shot behind Smith.

Not bad for two golfers coming off a long layoff. Besides the Ryder Cup in late September, Cantlay hadn’t competed since the Tour Championship in early September, and Rahm took a break from golf in October after suffering from burnout.

“I still think I’m a little rusty and I saw that in my start,” said Cantlay, referring to going 1-under in his first 12 holes. “I got away with a couple of loose swings and one flier on the sixth hole where I was able to make a par, but maybe shouldn’t have.”

“You can always expect a little bit of rust,” Rahm said. “I took time off, but I wasn’t on the couch doing nothing. I was still working out. I was still practicing as if I was still in the season. I took maybe three weeks off of golf, which were very needed. But even though I was home, I was practicing.

Smith, an Australian who could’ve made more noise in the FedEx Cup last year if not for losing a playoff to Tony Finau at The Northern Trust, started with two eagles early on his way to the first-round lead.

Daniel Berger joined Rahm and Cantlay at -7 on the day. Behind that trio, three golfers were at -6: Sungjae Im, Kevin Na, and Erik van Rooyen.

Only four golfers didn’t break par, but three are surprises. Justin Thomas, a two-time winner at Kapalua and a co-favorite with Rahm to start the tournament, is tied for last at +1 with Patrick Reed. Defending champion Harris English also shot even par.

Fortunately for that group, this is a no-cut event, so they have time to make their way back into contention starting in round two on Friday.

Top Odds

After Rahm proved that he hasn’t lost a step, he dropped from +750 to open the tournament to now sit at +400 to win it. Cantlay improved from +1000 to +550. Im was one of our longshots to watch before the event began at +2500, and he can now be had for +1400. Viktor Hovland and Xander Schauffele (both at +2000) are worth a look, as each sit four shots off the lead.

Golf betting odds to win the Sentry Tournament of Champions courtesy of Jazzsports

GOLFERSODDS TO WIN THE 2022 SENTRY TOURNAMENT OF CHAMPIONS
Jon Rahm+400
Patrick Cantlay+550
Cameron Smith+650
Daniel Berger+900
Collin Morikawa+1100
Sungjae Im+1400
Brooks Koepka+1600
Bryson DeChambeau+1600
Viktor Hovland+2000
Xander Schauffele+2000

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