List fires 67 to take 1-stroke lead halfway through CJ Cup

Yolanda Curtis
October 20, 2017

Justin Thomas had two eagles on his front nine and finished with a 9-under 63 to take a 3-stroke lead Thursday after the first round of the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, the first official PGA Tour tournament staged in South Korea.

This year, however, has been a breakthrough one, the first signs of which came at the SONY Open, with Thomas setting PGA tour records in an incredible performance.

Three-time tour victor Lucas Glover compensated for a pair of bogeys with seven birdies in a 67 and was tied for second with Scott Brown, who had a 70. "I had some bad breaks, I really did".

Marc Leishman and Patrick Reed, on six under, formed a risky chasing pack, with European Ryder Cup star Thomas Pieters one shot further back.

It was a disappointing day for FedEx Cup champion Justin Thomas as he slipped from top of the leaderboard to joint-fourth alongside Cameron Smith as he followed up his impressive first-round 63 with a two-over 74 on Friday to sit two shots off the pace.

Thomas won the CIMB Classic in Malaysia in 2015 and 2016 and said he is comfortable playing overseas.

Kim Whee was the pick of the home players with a 68, with veteran K.J. Choi a shot further back.

"It started off with a really badly played bogey and then I went on a seven-hole stretch where I kind of went unconscious and that was pretty much most of my round". Noh spread five birdies throughout a bogey-free round that ended with an eagle at the 18th.

"If I would have parred the my last hole, I would have had a pretty sour taste to my mouth walking off the golf course".

Jason Day and fellow Australian Rod Pampling were at 4 under, one stroke ahead of Pat Perez, who was coming off a victory last week at the CIMB Classic.

"That was a weird putt", Thomas said. "I'm very happy with my round", he said. "He's a great guy and great player and it's good to have him back".

"I felt more nervous than when I played in the Masters", said the 22-year-old.

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