The CJ Cup R3

Thomas bogey on 18th gifts Lee a share of the lead

October 17-20
Nine Bridges, Jeju Island, Korea
$9,750,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Justin Thomas hit a costly bogey on the 18th hole as Danny Lee grabbed a share of the lead heading into the final round of the CJ Cup in South Korea.

Thomas, the champion at Nine Bridges two years ago, had scored a nine-under par 63 on Friday to sit two shots clear.

After dropping a shot at the par-three second on Saturday, the American soon recovered with a 20-foot birdie and then picked up one more on the ninth to go into the turn at one under.


Another bogey at the short 13th was again quickly recovered, only for Thomas to then knock his approach into the par-five last into the water hazard and then find the rough at the back of the green.

Despite avoiding more than one dropped shot, it proved a costly error which allowed Korean-born New Zealander Lee to make up ground as he sunk a fine 60-feet eagle put.

Thomas signed for a two-under 70 while Lee – who had earlier made a double-bogey six at the 10th – recorded a 68.

Australian Cameron Smith sits in third place after he also went four under for the third round, despite needing a seven at the par-five ninth.

Americans Wyndham Clark and Jordan Spieth are tied in fourth at 11 under, with Byeong Hun An a shot back.

Collin Morikawa and Gary Woodland, last year’s runner-up, were both big movers after their respective seven-under rounds.

The Americans are in a tie for seventh alongside England duo Ian Poulter and Tyrell Hatton as well as Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell.

Defending champion Brooks Koepka, meanwhile, had earlier withdrawn because of a knee problem.


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DP World Tour Rankings

Golf Ranking
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
T1
Danny Lee
NZL
-15
67
66
68
201
T1
Justin Thomas
USA
-15
68
63
70
201
3
Cameron Smith
AUS
-12
67
69
68
204
T4
Wyndham Clark
USA
-11
71
67
67
205
T4
Jordan Spieth
USA
-11
70
65
70
205
6
Byeong-Hun An
KOR
-10
64
69
73
206

T7
Collin Morikawa
USA
-9
69
73
65
207
T7
Gary Woodland
USA
-9
71
71
65
207
T7
Ian Poulter
ENG
-9
69
72
66
207
T7
Graeme McDowell
NIR
-9
68
71
68
207
T7
Kiradech Aphibarnrat
THA
-9
69
69
69
207
T7
Kevin Streelman
USA
-9
69
69
69
207
T7
Tyrrell Hatton
ENG
-9
69
68
70
207
T7
Emiliano Grillo
ARG
-9
69
66
72
207
T15
Hideki Matsuyama
JPN
-8
69
70
69
208
T15
Kyoung-Hoon Lee
KOR
-8
69
67
72
208
T15
Ryan Moore
USA
-8
69
67
72
208
T18
Rory Sabbatini
SVK
-7
71
69
69
209
T18
Ryan Palmer
USA
-7
70
69
70
209
T18
Joaquin Niemann
CHI
-7
65
73
71
209
T18
Charles Howell III
USA
-7
67
70
72
209
T22
Harold Varner III
USA
-6
71
71
68
210
T22
Rafael Cabrera Bello
ESP
-6
68
74
68
210
T22
Kevin Na
USA
-6
72
68
70
210
T22
Jason Day
AUS
-6
66
73
71
210
T26
Corey Conners
CAN
-5
70
72
69
211
T26
K. J. Choi
KOR
-5
69
74
68
211
T26
Nate Lashley
USA
-5
72
69
70
211
T26
Sung-Jae Im
KOR
-5
68
73
70
211
T26
Dylan Frittelli
RSA
-5
70
70
71
211
T26
Andrew Putnam
USA
-5
70
70
71
211
T26
Si-Woo Kim
KOR
-5
69
68
74
211
T33
Branden Grace
RSA
-4
71
71
70
212
T33
Pat Perez
USA
-4
73
69
70
212
T33
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
-4
71
70
71
212
T33
Sung-Hoon Kang
KOR
-4
72
72
68
212
T33
Adam Schenk
USA
-4
71
74
67
212
T33
Charley Hoffman
USA
-4
67
72
73
212
T33
Jung-Gon Hwang
KOR
-4
67
71
74
212
T33
Viktor Hovland
NOR
-4
69
69
74
212
T41
Hyung-Joon Lee
KOR
-3
71
71
71
213
T41
Phil Mickelson
USA
-3
70
72
71
213
T41
Kevin Tway
USA
-3
70
72
71
213
T41
Marc Leishman
AUS
-3
72
69
72
213
T41
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
-3
68
72
73
213
T46
Matt Jones
AUS
-2
72
70
72
214
T46
Lucas Glover
USA
-2
74
69
71
214
T46
Keith Mitchell
USA
-2
74
72
68
214
T49
Chase Koepka
USA
-1
70
72
73
215
T49
Cheng Tsung Pan
TPE
-1
74
69
72
215
T49
Jhonattan Vegas
VEN
-1
73
70
72
215
T49
Sergio Garcia
ESP
-1
73
70
72
215
T49
Adam Long
USA
-1
73
72
70
215
T49
Chez Reavie
USA
-1
68
77
70
215
T49
Joel Dahmen
USA
-1
74
71
70
215
T56
Sang-Hyun Park
KOR
Par
74
68
74
216
T56
Vaughn Taylor
USA
Par
74
71
71
216
T56
Luke List
USA
Par
70
75
71
216
T56
Troy Merritt
USA
Par
74
72
70
216
60
Danny Willett
ENG
1
76
71
70
217
T61
Abraham Ancer
USA
2
73
74
71
218
T61
Jazz Janewattananond
THA
2
74
74
70
218
T63
Jeong-Woo Ham
KOR
3
74
72
73
219
T63
Kyong-Jun Moon
CHN
3
76
72
71
219
T63
Michael Kim
KOR
3
76
72
71
219
66
Max Homa
USA
4
69
82
69
220
T67
Billy Horschel
USA
5
71
74
76
221
T67
Meen-Whee Kim
KOR
5
76
75
70
221
T69
Scott Piercy
USA
7
72
72
79
223
T69
Brian Stuard
USA
7
72
76
75
223
T69
Chesson Hadley
USA
7
75
76
72
223
T69
Yong-Jun Bae
KOR
7
78
72
73
223
T73
Yi-Keun Chang
KOR
10
73
73
80
226
T73
Won-Joon Lee
AUS
10
74
73
79
226
75
Taehee Lee
KOR
12
74
77
77
228
76
Matthew Wolff
USA
13
73
78
78
229
RET
Brooks Koepka
USA
Par
69
75
144
RET
J. B. Holmes
USA
Par
70
77
147
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