Cameron Smith (6/4 – Sentry Tournament of Champions outright) sits at the top of the leaderboard after recovering from a difficult start to enjoy a fine second round at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.

The Australian shot an eight-under-par round of 65 in the opening round and he held a one-stroke lead going into Friday’s action.

Smith started the second round in disappointing fashion, bogeying the opening two holes, but he soon found his groove and he carded a nine-under-par 64 at the Plantation Course.

His exploits on Friday put him on a 17-under score of 129, matching the 36-hole record set by South Africa’s Ernie Els in 2003.

“There’s no point bashing clubs around and doing all that stuff,” Smith said.

“It was definitely frustrating, but I kept the head on, and I knew there was plenty of birdies out there seeing everyone go low.”

World number one Jon Rahm (10/3 – Tournament of Champions outright) and Daniel Berger (13/2) are three shots further back in a tie for second, while Patrick Cantlay (13/2) sits fourth on 14-under.

Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama could be one to keep an eye on during Saturday’s third round after he clawed his way back into the mix following a tough first day.

Matsuyama (18/1) is in a tie for fifth, alongside Sung-jae Im (18/1), after carding an eight-under-par 65 to add to his round of 69 on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Phil Mickelson, who chose to play in the event for the first time since 2001, signed for 69 on Friday and he is back in a tie for 30th on six-under.

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