Justin Thomas is off to the races in 2017. With a 5-under 66 in Round 3 at the WGC-Mexico Championship, he’s in position to win his third tour event out of six this year. He leads by one shot at 12-under.
Thomas was able to jump ahead of World No. 1 Dustin Johnson late in Round 3 with consecutive birdies on the 15th and 16th, while Johnson bogeyed the sixteenth. Thomas also sent the gallery into a frenzy on the par-3 13th from 232 yards away:
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“I hit it and I mean, it looked perfect,” said Thomas about his unreal hole-in-one. “It was really cool. I hadn’t really hit too many shots exactly how I wanted to today and that was the first one, and I like the result a lot more for sure.”
If Thomas wants to keep his 2017 rolling in the win column, he may have to have a nearly flawless final round to keep Dustin Johnson (-11), Rory McIlroy (-10), and Phil Mickelson (-10) from overtaking him. But the player who may have all eyes on him could be Jordan Spieth.
After a relatively quiet first two rounds, Spieth roared to a Club de Golf Chapultepec course record with a phenomenal performance.
Jordan Spieth sets the Club de Golf Chapultepec course record with a eight under par 63. ????#WGCMexico
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“I think the more rounds you play out here, the more you can kind of get dialed in to trusting your numbers in this altitude,” said Spieth after his record-setting round. “We hit quite a few shots really close to the hole today, and I didn’t have to work too much with the putter to get to 63.”
Spieth will begin the final round trailing Thomas by five shots.
With the big names at the top of the leaderboard heading into the final round, the level of competition we will see should get all fans excited. Even more so if Jordan Spieth delivers another show after saying, “If we did it today, we could do it tomorrow.”