Zozo Championship R2

Justin Thomas takes one-shot lead

October 22-25
Sherwood Country Club, Thousand Oaks, California
$8,000,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4




Justin Thomas fired a 7-under 65 on Friday to take a one-shot lead into the weekend at the Zozo Championship.


He played 29 on the back nine on Thursday and started well on Friday with four straight birdies to reach the turn in 31. He found the water on the par-5 second hole managing to save par but closed with six straight pars. He wasn’t pleased with his performance on a day when birdies were available with little wind and pleasant weather, the average score was 67.87 and Richy Werensky led the field with twelve birdies for a 61, the lowest score in a Tour competition at Sherwood.



“I played well,” said Thomas. “I’m not very pleased with the finish. The last six holes, I would have liked to at least have got something. Having a 5-iron and a 5-wood out of the fairway into two par 5s and making two pars is not good. I just wasn’t near as tight and tidy those last four holes.”

Tiger Woods put his opening round 74 behind him and made eight birdies for a 66 on Friday matching his career-best improvement between rounds, which still leaves him twelve shots behind Thomas.

“Got off to a much better start and kept rolling.”


Woods is considering adding the Houston Open to his schedule for the first time to further his preparation for next month’s Masters depending on his result in California.

“It’s just I really haven’t played a whole lot. I tried to keep that open as much as I possibly could throughout this comeback is that I really haven’t played a whole lot and maybe I need a few more rounds, but if I play like I did today, a little different story.”

Because of his injuries, Woods has only managed to play more than twelve events in a single season twice in the last ten years. When asked if the option of playing back-to-back events was due to his increased confidence in his body’s ability to cope he said:

“Well, yeah, that’s what we did in the playoffs and that’s what we did end of last year. This year’s a little bit different”

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Another player who struggled during his first round is Rory McIlroy. He made seven birdies on Thursday but had to contend with bogeys and double bogeys as well as snapping a club over his knee on the back nine.

He managed eight birdies on Friday and closed with a 67.

“So I’ve made 15 birdies in the first two days, which usually would put you right up at the top of the leaderboard. I just made too many mistakes. It was the same story last week, sort of the same story at Winged Foot. Just one of those stretches where the good stuff’s there, but the bad stuff is sort of taking away from the fact that I’m hitting good shots and making birdies.”





Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Justin Thomas
-14
65
65
130
T2
Dylan Frittelli
-13
66
65
131
T2
Lanto Griffin
-13
66
65
131
T4
Patrick Cantlay
-12
67
65
132
T4
Scottie Scheffler
-12
67
65
132
T6
Abraham Ancer
-11
67
66
133
T6
Harris English
-11
66
67
133
T6
Tony Finau
-11
69
64
133
T6
Tyrrell Hatton
-11
65
68
133
T6
Kevin Kisner
-11
66
67
133
T6
Patrick Reed
-11
70
63
133
T6
Bubba Watson
-11
70
63
133
T6
Richy Werenski
-11
72
61
133
T14
Matthew Fitzpatrick
-10
69
65
134
T14
Brian Harman
-10
66
68
134
T14
Satoshi Kodaira
-10
68
66
134
T14
Jason Kokrak
-10
69
65
134
T14
Sebastián Muñoz
-10
64
70
134
T14
Ryan Palmer
-10
69
65
134
T14
Justin Rose
-10
67
67
134
T14
Webb Simpson
-10
69
65
134
T22
Jim Herman
-9
70
65
135
T22
Viktor Hovland
-9
71
64
135
T22
Kevin Na
-9
70
65
135
T22
Jon Rahm
-9
68
67
135
T26
Corey Conners
-8
69
67
136
T26
Tyler Duncan
-8
68
68
136
T26
Sungjae Im
-8
68
68
136
T26
Andrew Landry
-8
69
67
136
T26
Collin Morikawa
-8
71
65
136
T26
Joaquin Niemann
-8
70
66
136
T26
Cameron Smith
-8
67
69
136
T26
Jordan Spieth
-8
70
66
136
T26
Alex Noren
-8
67
67
T35
Daniel Berger
-7
69
68
137
T35
Talor Gooch
-7
74
63
137
T35
Mark Hubbard
-7
67
70
137
T35
Takumi Kanaya
-7
70
67
137
T35
Carlos Ortiz
-7
72
65
137
T40
Cameron Champ
-6
70
68
138
T40
Joel Dahmen
-6
68
70
138
T40
Tommy Fleetwood
-6
70
68
138
T40
Rickie Fowler
-6
71
67
138
T40
Rikuya Hoshino
-6
68
70
138
T40
Nick Taylor
-6
70
68
138
T40
Brendon Todd
-6
69
69
138
T40
Matthew Wolff
-6
69
69
138
T48
Jason Day
-5
68
71
139
T48
Harry Higgs
-5
73
66
139
T48
Billy Horschel
-5
72
67
139
T48
Mackenzie Hughes
-5
67
72
139
T48
Shugo Imahira
-5
75
64
139
T48
Ryo Ishikawa
-5
73
66
139
T48
Jazz Janewattananond
-5
73
66
139
T48
Brad Kennedy
-5
72
67
139
T48
Matt Kuchar
-5
70
69
139
T57
Paul Casey
-4
69
71
140
T57
Gunn Charoenkul
-4
73
67
140
T57
Russell Henley
-4
68
72
140
T57
Rory McIlroy
-4
73
67
140
T61
Tom Hoge
-3
71
70
141
T61
Hideki Matsuyama
-3
70
71
141
T61
Shaun Norris
-3
68
73
141
T61
Xander Schauffele
-3
69
72
141
T61
Kevin Streelman
-3
74
67
141
T66
Byeong Hun An
-2
74
68
142
T66
Adam Hadwin
-2
75
67
142
T66
Chan Kim
-2
69
73
142
T66
Brendan Steele
-2
72
70
142
T66
Tiger Woods
-2
76
66
142
71
Marc Leishman
E
71
73
144
72
Phil Mickelson
2
72
74
146
T73
Mikumu Horikawa
4
74
74
148
T73
Danny Lee
4
72
76
148
T75
Adam Long
5
77
72
149
T75
Michael Thompson
5
76
73
149
77
Naoki Sekito
7
71
80
151
WD
Gary Woodland
E
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