Thomas doubts East Lake chances

05 September 2021 22:35:11 GMTPlus11
Justin Thomas lies five shots off the lead at East Lake

Justin Thomas has played down his Tour Championship chances despite closing the gap on leader Patrick Cantlay to five shots going into the final round.

The American is -15 at the East Lake Golf Course and is 2001.00 to reel in leader Cantlay (1.03), who is two shots ahead of Jon Rahm (15.00).

I just have to keep plugging along and doing my job.

Justin Thomas

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Thomas sits third in the FedEx Cup playoff finale at 15-under, five strokes adrift on compatriot Cantlay and three strokes behind Spaniard Rahm.

The 28-year-old is a 14-time winner on the PGA Tour, with his last success coming at the Players Championship in March.

Thomas is also a Major champion, having won the PGA Championship in 2017 and he hopes he can maintain his late rally to win the Tour Championship.

The Floridian carded 67 in his opening two rounds in Atlanta before posting a 65, which was the joint lowest round of the third day.

Thomas made three consecutive birdies on the back nine and is in confident spirits, although understands the size of the task ahead of him.

Thomas expects lead duo to carry on

Speaking to The Fresno Bee Logo, Thomas said: "The thing that I have going for me is Jon has been playing just ridiculously good golf for a really long time, and he's shown he's going to keep playing well - Patrick has been playing really well (also).

"Obviously, I can't bank on them having a bad day. I just have to keep plugging along and doing my job."

He added: "I can't do anything about what they are doing, and for my sake, they have unfortunately played some really good golf and in this format, starting ahead and then playing good golf, it's tough to catch.

"I gained some shots on the leaders and that's what’s most important."

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