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Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Thomas jumps into three-way tie for lead at Tour Championship

Thomas jumps into three-way tie for lead at Tour Championship

If he wins the tournament, he wins the FedEx Cup, something he did in 2015.

First-round leader Kyle Stanley set the tone for a frustrating day by lipping out a par putt at the first hole en route to a 73 that left him four shots behind.

But was handed a reminder of just how volatile the race for golf's richest prize can be when he stumbled to back-to-back bogeys at the 12th and 13th.

Three back is Jason Day, who carded a three-under 67 to get to four-under 136. His problem was that he made only two birdies, the first one on the par-3 11 hole and the other with a two-putt birdie on the par-5 18.

"Since my first appearance in 1998, I have always loved playing in the Solheim Cup".

"All I'm trying to do is just pick apart the golf course and pick my spots, and just hit the fairways".

"My course form is good, which gives me a bit more confidence".

"It would cap off a very good season, make a very good season a great season", he said. The victor of the FedExCup has won the TOUR Championship each of the last seven years, dating to win Phil Mickelson won the tournament in 2009 and Woods on the cup. A win this week would be just the second PGA Tour victory of his career, the first coming at the 2009 Shell Houston Open.

"The easy thing would be for the PGA Tour to buy the European Tour and take it from there".

While now T24 in the 30-man field all hope isn't yet lost for Leishman who could move well up the leaderboard with a score in the mid to low 60's on day three.

"I'm definitely way more thankful to be here than I was the four years in a row I came here [2011-14], and it's because it's hard to get here", he said.

"I had a bit of a smelly lie in the bunker for my third shot, and I actually did well to get it to within 12 feet of the flag".

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