Conditions key admits Thomas

21 October 2017 06:42:18 EST

Justin Thomas admits playing the conditions will be vital in deciding who wins the CJ Cup in South Korea.

The 24-year-old is the form player in the world, winning the US PGA Championship in August before claiming the FedEx Cup last month.

After finishing in a tie for 17th at last week's opening event of the season, the CIMB Classic, Thomas has continued to look sharp on Jeju Island.

The wind was again a factor on Saturday at Nine Bridges Golf Club and undoubtedly affected scoring in the third round.

Thomas' 70 included five birdies, a bogey and a double and was good enough to give him a share of the lead heading into the final round alongside fellow American Scott Brown.

It's going to be tough.

Scott Brown

Brown's 71 included three birdies and two bogeys and was enough for him to move to nine-under, as he hunts his first PGA Tour win since the 2013 Puerto Rico Open.

India's Anirban Lahiri and Australia's Marc Leishman are currently in a tie for third on seven-under, while Australia's Cameron Smith and 2009 US Open winner Lucas Glover are fifth, three off the pace, although overnight leader Luke List has slipped back.

Paul Casey is also within striking distance ahead of what is sure to be an entertaining final day at the inaugural CJ Cup.

Recent history suggests Thomas will be the man to watch but the world number four says the forecast wind on Sunday means the player who avoids the most mistakes is likely to come out on top.

"It's going to be tough but everyone has to play in it," he said. "Really try to make as many pars as possible."

Thomas is 1/200 to win on Sunday, with Brown priced at 750/1.

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