Thomas jumps into three-way tie for lead at Tour Championship

Frederick Owens
September 24, 2017

He warned the best was yet to come.

Casey shot a 67 to move to seven under, alongside Americans Webb Simpson (67) and Justin Thomas (66) in Atalanta.

However, FedEx Cup leader Jordan Spieth struggled with his putting as he went round in 70 to leave himself on three under.

The world No. 2 leads the season-long FedExCup standings, ahead of second-placed Thomas.

The PGA Championship victor played mixed power and precision but until the final hole had not extracted full value from his round.

I absolutely crushed it. I can't wait to get home, hopefully with a nice bonus from this week.

With two swings, Justin Thomas showed that every shot counts in the FedEx Cup, even at the season-ending Tour Championship.

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However, one brilliant swing from 235 yards changed that.

The No. 1 seed in the FedEx Cup missed five straight greens in regulation on the back nine and kept in the game with some crucial par putts.

"I just want to get within striking distance", Johnson said. I was hitting some really good putts that weren't going in and it's easy to get frustrated, but I just tried to stay patient and calm and I was glad to be rewarded by that (eagle) on 18. "It's a golf course that doesn't yield a lot of birdies, it's tough and you have to strike the ball well and I did that".

"It's always such an incredible atmosphere and over the years that I've played, I've enjoyed it more and more". He finally finished with a double-bogey six.

However, things could have been worse for the 2012 U.S. Open champion, whose drive at the previous hole landed on the top of the out-of-bounds fence and took a fortuitous ricochet back into play, from where he made par.

Tied for fourth at 6-under 134 is Patrick Reed, England's Justin Rose (66), Gary Woodland (67) and Spain's Jon Rahm (67).

"I played well really, really well today and that up-and-down birdie kind of makes me feel as though it was a good day's work", he said.

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