Justin Thomas leads Zozo after 65 times; Tiger Woods is falling back


Justin Thomas shot another 7 under 65 to take a one-stroke lead in the middle of the Zozo Championship on Friday.

The American produced a second ghost-free run at Sherwood Country Club in California to move to under-14.

Thomas, the 2017 PGA Champion, made five birds on the back of nine – the first nine holes – before the solid finish.

World No. 3, Thomas has enjoyed an impressive year, including two wins. It has racked up multiple wins every year since 2017.

65s consecutive hitting gave Thomas a one-stroke lead over Dylan Fretelli and Lanto Griffin, while Patrick Cantlay and Scotty Sheffler took another punch after he also hit the four 65 seconds.

The tour of the day was the property of Richie Verensky, who broke Tiger Woods’ record with an astonishing 11 under 61.

Werenski punched nine of his first 12 holes after he started his round at ten and snapped another shot at five to put him on the right track to break 60.

However, the Ghost in sixth place damaged his chances, although he responded with a bird in the seventh and ninth, reaching 11 below a tie and tied for sixth place.

Abraham Anser (66), Harris English (67), Bubba Watson (63), Terrell Hutton (68), Patrick Reed (63), Tony Finno (64) and Kevin Kessner (67) are all alongside Ferensky.

Woods, who was playing for the first time since the US Open, reclaimed his opening 76th round with a 6-under 66.

Despite his improvement, the defending champ and the main winner 15 times returned well in the Under 2 to finish 66th.

It was a similar story to Rory McIlroy, who had 67 cards for a 4 under, even though the Northern Irishman trailed 10 hits behind Thomas.

Night leader Sebastian Munoz returned to a draw for 14th after a 2-under-70 finish.

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