It wasn’t another 59 like he posted on Thursday, but his second-day 64 was more than enough to extend Justin Thomas’ lead at the Sony Open in Hawaii on Friday. He shot a 65 on Saturday and leads the tournament by seven strokes going to Sunday’s final round, making him almost a sure thing to win his second straight PGA event.
He’s cooled off a bit from his opening round 59, but if he can match Friday’s 64, he can tie John Huston’s course record of -28 set in 1998.
After parring his first eight holes in a row Saturday, Thomas knocked out birdies on 9, 10, 14, 16, and 18 to reach 5-under. He is 4-under on No. 18 in the tournament, with two birdies and an eagle.
The two men immediately behind him are former Major winners, so if there’s any hope of tracking down the 23-year-old American, that might be it.
Zach Johnson matched Thomas’ 65 on Saturday to stay seven strokes back at 15-under. Lost in Thomas’s 59 on Thursday was the fact that Johnson recorded a 61 on Friday.
Former Masters champion Justin Rose is one of three players tied for third at 14-under. Rose has shot 66-64-66 in the first three rounds.
Twenty-seven players in all are at least 10 strokes under par, but few have any sort of shot of catching Thomas.