Thomas targets Ohio glory

12 July 2020 20:01:17 GMTPlus10

Justin Thomas is confident he can protect his two-shot lead as he eyes glory at the Workday Charity Open at Muirhead Village in Ohio.

The 27-year-old fired a bogey-free third round of 66 to give himself a two-shot lead over Viktor Hovland, with fellow youngster and overnight leader Collin Morikawa a further stroke back.

At the end of the day I'm worried about myself and trying to win a golf tournament.

Justin Thomas

The 27-year-old, who won both the US PGA Championship and the FedEx Cup in 2017, will be joined in the final group on Sunday by the pair, who both finished college last year.

Thomas started the third round three shots off the lead but his flawless form, coupled with a run of three bogeys in four holes around the turn for leader Morikawa, helped the former world number one reach the top of the leaderboard after 54 holes.

He starts Sunday on 16-under-par, two shots clear of Hovland with Morikawa a further shot back in third. Sam Burns and Kevin Streelman are at 11-under with Ian Poulter and Slovakia's Rory Sabbatini both on 10-under-par.

Asked about his group for the final round, Thomas said: "It'll be fun to hang with those guys but at the end of the day I'm worried about myself and trying to win a golf tournament and have a good round."

Morikawa reflected on a tough third round, saying: "I put myself in spots you couldn't put yourself in. Couldn't really figure out wind directions, how much to adjust. But it's a whole new day tomorrow, and I'm kind of glad I fought it out [and] got myself three back."

Justin Thomas is 15.00 to win the Workday Charity Open with Viktor Hovland 4001.00 and Collin Morikawa 1.03.

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