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January 14, 2017

Sony Open: Thomas now leads by 7



HONOLULU, HI - JANUARY 14: Justin Thomas of the United States plays his shot from the ninth tee during the third round of the Sony Open In Hawaii at Waialae Country Club on January 14, 2017 in Honolulu, Hawaii. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

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Justin Thomas will have a seven-shot advantage entering the final round bid of the Sony Open in Hawaii on Sunday in his bid to win a second straight tournament and third in last four starts this season.

Thomas, who won the SBS Tournament of Champions last Sunday, shot a bogey-free five-under par 65 in the third round at Waialea Country Club on Saturday and through 54 holes stands at 22-under par.

“I just have to keep going out and doing what I did today,” Thomas said. “I was real happy to go bogey-free. That was kind of a big goal of mine.”

Zach Johnson shot a five-under par 65 and is in second place, trailing by seven. Justin Rose, who posted a 66, is in solo third, eight shots back.

Kevin Kisner had the best round of the day, a 10-under par 60 that jumped him 66 spots and into a tie for fourth place, nine shots back. Kisner had a nine-foot eagle putt on his last hole to shoot the second 59 of the tournament, but missed it right. In the opening round, Thomas eagled his last hole to shoot a 59.

Ernie Els is the only player to win both events in Hawaii, in 2003. Thomas would need to shoot 65 on Sunday to break Tommy Armour III's 72-hole scoring record of 254.



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