Thomas soars into share of PGA Tour Championship lead

Atlanta (AFP) –


Reigning PGA Championship winner Justin Thomas eagled the par-five 18 for a 66 on Friday, leaving him tied with England's Paul Casey and Webb Simpson at the halfway point of the Tour Championship.

The trio is at seven-under 133 after the second round of the fourth and final tournament of the PGA Tour's 2017 playoffs. Simpson and Casey each shot three-under 67 on Friday. They started their rounds tied for second place.

Thomas, who has won five times this season, hit his 231-yard approach shot on the 590-yard final hole to within six feet of the cup and made the putt for eagle.

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

Rookie Xander Schauffele (66), US Open champion Brooks Koepka (69) and Jason Dufner (67) are tied for eighth at five-under 133.

Thomas can win the $10 million FedEx Cup playoff prize if he wins the Tour Championship. He finished sixth in the tournament last year.

Casey's stumbled with back-to-back bogeys at 12 and 13, but then gathered himself and made a birdie at No. 16. He parred the final two holes.

Former US Open champion Simpson had to overcome a double-bogey at No. 13 after a poor drive. Simpson made par on the his last five holes.