Jon Rahm and Cameron Smith share the lead at the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii; the Spanish star was 12 under par in the third round to join Smith at the top of the table; watch the conclusion live on Sky Sports Golf from 6.30 p.m. on Sunday

Last updated: 01/09/22 9:11 am

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Rahm is tied with Smith for the lead ahead of the final round

Rahm is tied with Smith for the lead ahead of the final round

Jon Rahm shot a 61-of-12 below par on Saturday to be tied with Cameron Smith atop the standings heading into the final day of the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii.

Rahm tied the best score of his career and tied the course record set earlier today by Justin Thomas. Rahm was a sub after six holes before shooting 11 under par on the last 12 holes.

“You get on the bird train,” Rahm said, “and things like today can happen.”

The splendid performance was only enough to force a tie with Smith, who entered the day with a three-lap lead. Smith shot a 64-of-nine under par for the second straight day after shooting a 65-of-eight under par in the first round.

Rahm congratulated Smith and said he believed the two golfers pushed each other to achieve their best performance in the third round.

Justin Thomas set a new course record with a 61 under 12 - he should share that feat, as just over two hours later Rahm tied his 61

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Justin Thomas set a new course record with a 61 under 12 – he should share that feat, as just over two hours later Rahm tied his 61

Justin Thomas set a new course record with a 61 under 12 – he should share that feat, as just over two hours later Rahm tied his 61

“We had a fun battle today and I guess tomorrow will be more of the same,” Rahm added. “We’re going to need a lot of birdies to take the advantage and get the win.”

You get on the bird train and things like today can happen.

Jon Rahm entered in the third round

Smith and Rahm are both 26 under par over the first three laps. They have a five-stroke cushion on Daniel Berger, who is alone in third place at 21.

Cameron Smith and Rahm are shoulder to shoulder

Cameron Smith and Rahm are shoulder to shoulder

Next is a three-way tie for fourth place between Matt Jones, Sungjae Im and Patrick Cantlay, who are all 20 years younger. Jones climbed the standings shooting an 11-under 62 on Saturday.

Smith said he relished the competition as he looked to win the tournament.

“It was really a lot of fun today,” Smith said. “Obviously playing good golf helps. But watching Jon was pretty intense there on that back nine, one of the best golf courses I think I’ve ever seen, definitely one of the best putting.

“So, yeah, one more day. Hopefully we can do the same tomorrow and see what happens.”

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