Thomas charges into CJ Cup lead
FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas produced a stunning burst of golf to shoot a nine-under-par 63 on day one of the CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges and secure a three-shot lead over the field.
This is the PGA Tour's first visit to South Korea but, for Thomas, it was a case of different country, same story as he showed the sparkling play which led to him winning five times last year and recently being crowned Player of the Year.
It started off with a really, really bad bogey and then I had a seven-hole stretch there where I basically kind of went unconscious and that was pretty much most of my round.Justin Thomas
He actually started with a bogey at this first hole, the 10th, but made eagle at the 12th and played the 14th to the 18th in six-under.
That run included chip-ins at 15 and 16 along with another eagle from short-range at 18 after needing just a wedge with his second shot to the par five.
After turning in just 29, Thomas came home in 34 to complete his 63 and end the day three in front of Chez Reavie, Scott Brown, Marc Leishman, Patrick Reed and Gavin Green.
Talking through his opening 18, Thomas said: "It was kind of a weird day. It started off with a really, really bad bogey and then I had a seven-hole stretch there where I basically kind of went unconscious and that was pretty much most of my round."
Watching replays of his holed bunker shot at 15, he added: "This was after just a terrible wedge shot, something that I feel like is the strength of my game. Missed the green in a bad spot. As soon as it (his bunker shot) landed on the green I knew it was going to be pretty straight and that was a steal."
He repeated the feat at 16 after "another really bad wedge shot" although the second chip-in came from the fairway just in front of the green. "That was just kind of how the day was," he reflected.
Thomas is 1/200 to win the CJ Cup, with Leishman and Jason Day (-4) both 1000/1, Reed 1000/1 and Tony Finau (-5) 1000/1.
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