Thomas is put below strain by glowing cream in Zozo
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By Keith Jackson
Last updated: 10/25/20 1:26 AM
The best shots and key moments from day three at the Sherwood Country Club in California, where Justin Thomas had a one-off advantage over a well-shaped Jon Rahm.
Justin Thomas retained his lead at the Zozo Championship when Jon Rahm entered the competition on day three at Sherwood Country Club.
Building on a hot start, Rahm fired a nine-under-63 to get 20 spots on the leaderboard. He claimed the clubhouse lead was under at 18 before Thomas screwed 16 and 17 to come back after 54 holes.
Only four shots separate the top 12 players in the final round. Matt Fitzpatrick is among a large group of players 15 under and within striking distance of the lead, but star draws Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods play for pride and Masters momentum on Sunday.
Jon Rahm took second place with a 63
Thomas slept halfway with one shot ahead and enjoyed the ideal start to his third round as he birdwatched the first two holes before intercepting another shot on the seventh despite blocking his tee shot right at par. three eighths and couldn't avoid a bogey.
Rahm, meanwhile, made the most significant early move across the field after a birdie and eagle start, and the Spaniard added birdies on the fourth, fifth and seventh to run to the corner in just 30 strokes.
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Further wins at 10 and 13 kept him on the hunt, and he rolled in a 15-foot boat for his seventh birdie of the day on the short 17th before finally crawling a par, his best lap on the PGA Tour since then Reach 61st shooting on day three of the WGC Mexico Championship in February.
Rahm, who dethroned Dustin Johnson as the world's number one with a win or a solo second in California, looked good for at least part of the lead as Thomas and Lanto Griffin fell behind at three late at night to play.
Rahm has high hopes of dethroning Dustin Johnson as number 1 in the world
But Thomas took a good putt for birdie at 16 and rattled in a 30-foot putt for two at 17 to regain the lead. He narrowly missed out on three birdies in a row when he picked a 67, while Griffin bogeyed two of the last four holes to slip to 17 below.
Fitzpatrick continued his urge for a first PGA Tour win with a seven-birdie-67, despite suffering a late setback with his second bogey of the round that dropped him to 15 below alongside two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson (68 ) and former US Open winner Webb Simpson (67).
Thomas Birdie 16 and 17 to regain the lead
Tony Finau got into the mix to end his long wait for a second Tour win when he drove to seven under for the day and 18 under with five holes for the tournament.
But the great American was sad on the 14th and it took six strokes to get his ball to the putting surface. The resulting triple bogey seven, followed by an ugly six at 16 as he dropped out of the top 10, ending day five behind Thomas.
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Justin Rose took the final birdies at 16 and 17 to save a level par round of 72 that threw him nine off the pace, and McIlroy another deficit after a 67 that ended on a sour note on the ninth – one Double bogey six including a duffed chip before missing a four foot putt for bogey.
Woods was unable to repeat his second round 66 form and missed a series of shots down the left in a disappointing 71 in which he stood alongside Phil Mickelson, who after seven birdies in his first on "59 Watch" was just under three was eight holes before going home.