If you didn’t tune in yesterday, Justin Thomas had an extraordinary round yesterday at the BMW Championship.
Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau both posted a 68 and 67 respectfully and Hideki Matsyuama set the course record on Friday with 63. But, JT took that score to the next threshold with a 61 on Saturday.
Let’s break down Thomas’s round and truly deep dive how incredible this 18 holes of golf was:
The first four holes of the round all ended in birdies, as Thomas hit two 12 foot putts and stuck his approach to two and a half feet on three and followed this up with a 15-foot birdie at four.
He then birdied the easiest par five on the course but dropped a shot for bogey on six to now place him back to four under through six. A par, birdie and par closed his front nine at a five under 31. But, this is where the round was ignited by his effort on the tenth hole.
Justin Thomas striped his five wood to two feet, 11 inches in an easily makeable eagle to jump his round to seven under through 10 holes. But, Thomas was not done with eagles on the back nine as he pared 11, 12 and 13. With a birdie at 14 to get to 8 under, he shot his tee shot on 15 to the water and scrambled to par this hole.
But, then the shot of the round came at the sixteenth hole when Thomas dunked his five iron into the cup from just outside 180 yards out to go to 10 under on the day through 16 holes, he stuck an iron to six feet on 17 for birdie and pared 18 for a 61.
Justin Thomas is a former number one overall player in the world and has been relatively quiet all season with injuries and zero wins on the tour this year. The time to come alive was clearly now and he now possess a six shot lead over Finau and Cantlay.
It is going to take a hell of a round today by one of the people behind Thomas on the leaderboard. But, I don’t see JT relinquishing this lead and he is well on his way to grab his 10th win on the PGA tour at just the age of 26.