Norton - Justin Thomas roared back into the PGA Tour playoff
picture with sizzling 63 on Sunday to grab a share of the lead after the third
round of the Dell Championship.
Thomas, who tied for sixth last week in the first tournament
of the 2017 FedExCup playoffs, is the co-leader with Australia's Marc Leishman
at 12-under 201 heading into Monday's final round of the tournament at the TPC
England's Paul Casey is alone in third after shooting a
four-under 67 while world number two Jordan Spieth shot a 66 and is tied with
Grayson Murray (67) and Canada's Adam Hadwin (68) for fourth at 10-under.
Despite a recent streak of three straight missed cuts, the
24-year-old Thomas is in the thick of the FedExCup race after his bogey-free
round Sunday. The reigning PGA Championship winner has 10 finishes in the top 10
this season, including four victories.
His playoff campaign got a huge shot in the arm on Sunday as
he drained eight birdies with all coming on par-fours on a rainy day at the
par-71, 7,342 yard course.
"I'm extremely pleased," Thomas said. "It was
a great day. I just felt I had total control of my game. I drove it
beautifully. I hit my irons really well, and my short game was good if I needed
The top 70 players on the playoff points list after this
event advance to the BMW Championship, set for September 14-17 at Conway Farms
Golf Club in Illinois.
Then the top 30 players following the BMW Championship will
qualify for the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, beginning
September 21. A points reset will take place prior to the Tour Championship,
giving all players in the field a mathematical opportunity to win the Tour
Leishman fired a bogey-free 65 to grab a share of the
54-hole lead with Thomas. He rolled in six birdies on the day and has played
his past 28 holes bogey-free. He never previous held a lead or a co-lead
heading into the final round of a PGA Tour event.
"Knew coming in here that I needed to play well to try
and obviously rise up the rankings, but you know, firstly, get to the Tour
Championship," Leishman said.
"So you know, happy with my start, but I need another
good round (Monday) to really turn it into a good chance to contend."
Casey finished strong making birdies on three of his final
six holes as he has been flying under the radar late in the season.
Heading into the Dell, the world No 14 was 12th in the
playoff standings after finishing solo fifth last week at the Northern Trust
Jon Rahm, of Spain, who carried a two-shot advantage into
Sunday's round, fired a third-round 71 and is tied for seventh at 204 along
with opening round leader and world No 1 Dustin Johnson (66).
Leading third-round scores on Sunday in the Dell Technologies Championship, second event of the PGA Tour playoffs (USA unless noted):
201 - Justin Thomas 71-67-63, Marc Leishman (AUS) 67-69-65
202 - Paul Casey (ENG) 70-65-67
203 - Jordan Spieth 72-65-66, Grayson Murray 68-68-67, Adam Hadwin (CAN) 70-65-68
204 - Dustin Johnson 66-72-66, Jon Rahm (ESP) 67-66-71
205 - Patrick Cantlay 69-68-68, Phil Mickelson 69-67-69
206 - Rickie Fowler 69-71-66, Pat Perez 72-67-67, Justin Rose (ENG) 72-65-69