Thomas rues Phoenix collapse

04 February 2018 05:25:55 EST

Justin Thomas admitted to being somewhat lost for words after seeing his hopes of victory at the Waste Management Phoenix Open seemingly go up in smoke.

Thomas opened his third round with six consecutive birdies, only to suffer a nightmare on his back nine to plunge eight shots back from the leader heading into the final round at TPC Scottsdale.

He dropped six shots between the 14th and the 16th and was clearly upset by how he had allowed his round to get totally away from him.

Thomas told the Golf Channel: "Shocked, I'm speechless. That pretty much sums it up.

"It just sucks to play so well and have a really, really good chance to win this tournament and then to give it away in two holes, really.

"I'm just really, really upset right now. It just, it sucks. Luckily it wasn't on Sunday and I have another day to try to have another good round."

Rickie Fowler holds a one-shot lead in Phoenix ahead of the final 18 holes, with Jon Rahm, Chez Reavie and Bryson DeChambeau his nearest challengers.

Veteran Phil Mickelson is also right in the hunt, with a third-round 66 leaving him just two shots back from Fowler.

Mickelson can be backed at 300/1 to win a fourth Phoenix Open title, with Fowler priced at 1000/1 and Rahm available at 1000/1.

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