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Thomas keeps clean card for 2-shot lead at Muirfield Village

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Thomas keeps tidy card for 2-shot lead at Muirfield Town

DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) – Justin Thomas never ever seemed in a rush.

Not when he stepped to the very first tee Friday tracking by 13 shots. Not when he was merely attempting to stay up to date with Collin Morikawa on Saturday in the Workday Charity Open.

And after turning a three-shot deficit into a two-shot lead with another tidy card, he definitely didn’t see any requirement to run to the surface at Muirfield Town as he pursues his 3rd success this season.

“Just going to keep trying to hit the fairways and hit the greens and make as many birdies as I can,” he stated.

That’s been the approach all week, and along the method, he has actually handled to keep bogeys off his card. There were a couple of dicey minutes, such as a set of two-putt pars from over 50 feet, and a shot that stuck in the turf high up on the lip of a bunker on par-3 12 th.

Otherwise, it’s been a center.

Thomas had 3 straight birdies to remain in variety of Morikawa. And when Morikawa fell back with 3 bogeys over a four-hole stretch around the turn, Thomas made effective birdies on the par fives and a wise birdie on the obtainable 14 th for a 6-under 66 to keep 2 ahead of Viktor Hovland (66).

After a fragile chip to tap-in variety on the par-5 5th, Thomas strolled midway up the hill behind the green and plopped down in the turf, leaning back on his hands, similar to a viewer at a competition that has none.

Regrettable there will not be any fans Sunday, a last round that uses another glance of the brand-new generation.

Thomas is the tested star, currently a significant champ and previous world No. 1 at age 27 as he pursues his 3rd success this season and the 13 th success of his profession.

Hovland and Morikawa had actually simply left college at this time in 2015 and currently have success, albeit the opposite-field range the very same week as World Golf Championships.

Hovland, the previous U.S. Amateur champ from Norway, had 8 birdies in his round of66 Morikawa, who never ever looks as though he’ll slip up, had enough of them that he required a birdie on his last hole for a 72.

Since of an early start to prevent storms, they will be i the last group. Thomas figures it will not be the last time they all play together.

“It’ll be fun to hang with those guys tomorrow, but at the end of the day I’m worried about myself and trying to win a golf tournament and have a good round,” he stated.

Thomas was at 16- under200


Morikawa had the lead for 31 straight holes, dating to the 15 th hole in the opening round, till missing out on the ninth green with a brief iron, striking a wild tee shot on the 10 th that resulted in bogey, and sending his tee shot on the par-3 12 th well over the green in such a bad area that even making bogey was effort.

“I put myself in spots you couldn’t put yourself in,” Morikawa stated. “Couldn’t really figure out wind directions, how much to adjust. But whole new day tomorrow, and kind of glad I fought it out through even par got myself three back. So that can change really quickly tomorrow.”

Hovland, who won the Puerto Rico Open this year, returned in the video game rapidly by opening with a set of birdies at the start and making birdie on all the par fives. He likewise handled the 14 th hole, where the tees have actually been gone up for this competition to dip into 310 backyards – obtainable from the tee, however with bunkers left and water to the right. He struck his tee shot to 30 feet for a two-putt birdie.

Hovand was enjoyed remain in this position, particularly with how his week began. He was 3 over through 10 holes on Thursday and completed with 6 birdies over his last 8 holes. He followed with rounds of 67-66

The most significant surprise was M.J. Daffue, a 31- year-old from South Africa who played college golf at Lamar and has actually been having a hard time to make it as a pro. He was a Monday qualifier for the Workday Charity Open, entering into just his 2nd PGA Trip occasion. He needed to birdie his last hole Saturday early morning to make it. And after that he made an 18- foot eagle putt late in his round of 65, the very best rating Saturday. He was 7 shots behind.

“There was times today where I had to grind out a par and my caddie kept telling me we were one swing away from not having a grind at all,” Daffue stated. “It’s been pretty crazy.”

He was 7 shots behind and caring every minute of his time around the course Jack Nicklaus constructed.

The trip requires this competition to end prior to the weather condition. The course is to be closed on Monday to change all the signs and eliminate the 10 electronic scoreboards for the Memorial.

It’s the very first time in 63 years the PGA Trip has actually had back-to-back competitions on the very same course.

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