PGA Tour Championship: Justin Thomas' eagle nets 3-way tie at top

PGA Tour Championship: Justin Thomas' eagle nets 3-way tie at top

PGA Tour Championship: Justin Thomas' eagle nets 3-way tie at top

Justin Thomas believes he is yet to take his chances despite moving into a share of the lead at the Tour Championship.

The 29-year-old American, making his first competitive appearance at the East Lake course, carded an impressive seven birdies and just one bogey to lead the way ahead of a group of four players, including England's Paul Casey along with American trio Webb Simpson, Daniel Berger and Brooks Koepka.

Dustin Johnson, Jason Dufner, Tony Finau, Kevin Kisner, Pat Perez and Justin Rose were tied for 11th at 68. McIlroy will be playing in Newcastle because he failed to qualify to compete for the huge payday on offer at the Tour Championships this weekend in Atlanta. He had three birdies on the back nine for another 32.

World number one Johnson, now three under, and Australian Marc Leishman, who is two over, are the other players who will win the FedEx Cup with victory in the Tour Championship. If he wins the tournament, he wins the FedEx Cup, something he did in 2015.

However, the new father to daughter, Astaria is now very much in the equation not just to win a first PGA Tour title, and having won a first eight years ago, but could now win the FedEx Cup trophy.

He said: "All I all, it's a pretty exciting time - hectic, but exciting". Simpson and Casey, who began the day tied for second, each shot a 67 on Friday.

"Maybe I got caught up a little bit in the scoreboard today", Spieth said.

"I've had a very good season to this point but you see some of the other, Justin and Jordan, or Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama aren't even mentioned today but they've had unbelievable seasons".

Click play on the video above to watch Perez's eagle at the 16th hole at East Lake.

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