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Justin Thomas is making an absolute mockery of the Sony Open

Thomas leads by a massive seven shots after three rounds in Honolulu.

Thomas: joined the PGA Tour's 59 club on Thursday.
Thomas: joined the PGA Tour's 59 club on Thursday.
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JUSTIN THOMAS IS doing just about everything right at the Sony Open as he fired a bogey-free five-under 65 in the third round to extend his lead to seven strokes.

A day after setting the USPGA Tour’s 36-hole scoring record, Justin Thomas continued to roll at the Waialae Country Club course in Honolulu.

Thomas reached 22-under to equal the lowest 54-hole total in PGA history.

“I felt like I managed my day really well to shoot five-under,” Thomas said. “I was really happy to be bogey free. That was a big goal of mine.

“I had a couple of saves, I was putting the ball in position off the tee.”

Combine his first bogey-free round of the tournament with a rare 59 on Thursday and a 64 on Friday and it adds up to a seemingly insurmountable seven-shot lead over fellow American Zach Johnson.

No player in the history of the PGA Tour has ever lost a seven-shot lead on the final day.

“When guys get on those streaks and you have talent like that and confidence, it is impressive,” Johnson said of Thomas.

A victory on Sunday would give Thomas three wins in his last four starts and make him the first golfer since Ernie Els in 2003 to win the Tournament of Champions and the Sony Open back-to-back.

“I have to get a good night’s rest and come out here and do it again,” Thomas said.

© AFP 2017

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