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Justin Thomas edges clear at SBS Tournament of Champions

Justin Thomas (Photo: Asian Tour (file photo))
Justin Thomas has moved two shots clear of the field at the SBS Tournament of Champions at Kapalua on Maui, the 23 year old two time PGA Tour winner, adding a third consecutive round of 67 to finish the opening 54 holes ahead of Hideki Matsuyama with William McGirt, Ryan Moore and Jimmy Walker tied for 3rd two shots further back.

The highlight of Thomas’ round came at the par four 14th where he drove the green and holed a 20 foot eagle putt to take the lead and added another birdie at the last after coming up just short of the green with his approach.

Thomas finished off 2016 with a series of top tens including his win in Malaysia and is currently the world’s 22nd ranked player.

Matsuyama has played this event just once previously, finishing 3rd in 2015 and like Thomas finished off 2016 with a rush winning four of his last five events. He has improved in each round this week and today reeled off a closing nine of 32 to be very much in contention heading into tomorrow’s final round.

Matsuyama’s highlight was perhaps his approach to the par four 10th which he so nearly holed but he is again displaying the sort of game that many believe will lead to Japan’s first major championship.

Jason Day made the turn in 32 and just as the momentum was building he bogeyed the 13th and 14th holes and eventually finished with 70 and at 10 under is eight shots from the lead and in a share of 13th.

Rod Pampling is 20th, Greg Chalmers 24th and Aaron Baddeley 28th.    

 

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