Justin Thomas rides fast start to one-shot lead at Zozo Championship

  • Dylan Frittelli chips to the 18th green throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Championship on Friday at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Collin Morikawa hits from the rough off the 10th fairway throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Champion golf competition Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

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  • Tyrrell Hatton strikes from the 10th tee during the 2nd round of the Zozo Champion golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Justin Thomas hits from the 10th fairway throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Championship golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Patrick Reed strikes from the 10th fairway throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Championship golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Tyrrell Hatton hits from the 10th fairway during the 2nd round of the Zozo Championship golf competition Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Tyrrell Hatton hits from the 11th tee throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Champion golf competition Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Rory McIlroy hits from the 11th tee throughout the second round of the Zozo Championship golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Harris English putts to the 15th opening throughout the second round of the Zozo Championship golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Rory McIlroy hits from the 11th fairway throughout the second round of the Zozo Championship golf competition Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Sebastian Munoz chips to the 11th eco-friendly during the second round of the Zozo Champion golf competition Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Rory McIlroy hits from the 10th fairway throughout the second round of the Zozo Champion golf competition Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Sebastian Munoz strikes from the 11th fairway during the second round of the Zozo Champion golf competition Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Jason Kokrak sees his shot from the rough on the 11th hole during the second round of the Zozo Championship golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Rory McIlroy views his shot to the environment-friendly from the 10th fairway during the 2nd round of the Zozo Championship golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Harris English hits from the 15th tee throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Championship golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Justin Thomas measure his putt on the 10th opening throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Champion golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Phil Mickelson strikes from the 11th tee throughout the second round of the Zozo Champion golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Justin Thomas hits from the 11th tee during the second round of the Zozo Championship golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Sebastian Munoz strikes from the 11th fairway during the second round of the Zozo Champion golf competition Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Mackenzie Hughes hits from the shelter to the 11th eco-friendly during the 2nd round of the Zozo Champion golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Phil Mickelson, left, and also Rory McIlroy walk to the 11th tee during the 2nd round of the Zozo Champion golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Rory McIlroy strikes from the 11th fairway during the 2nd round of the Zozo Champion golf competition Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Sungjae Im hits from the 11th fairway throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Champion golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Sungjae Im hits from the 11th fairway during the 2nd round of the Zozo Champion golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Justin Thomas measures his putt on the 9th hole during the second round of the Zozo Championship golf competition Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Justin Thomas hits from the shelter to the 8th green throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Championship on Friday at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Justin Thomas hits from the shelter to the eighth environment-friendly during the second round of the Zozo Champion golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Justin Thomas strikes from the ninth tee throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Champion golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Dylan Frittelli strikes from the 18th fairway during the 2nd round of the Zozo Championship golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Patrick Cantlay strikes from the 18th fairway throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Championship golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Lanto Griffin, right, bumps hands with Rickie Fowler after the team completed the 2nd round of the Zozo Championship golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Lanto Lion hits from the ninth fairway throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Champion golf competition Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Patrick Cantlay hits from the 18th fairway throughout the second round of the Zozo Champion golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Lanto Griffin putts on the ninth opening throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Championship golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Dylan Frittelli strikes from the 15th tee throughout the second round of the Zozo Champion golf competition Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Dylan Frittelli putts on the 15th opening during the 2nd round of the Zozo Championship golf competition Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Bubba Watson, left, grins beside his caddie on the 15th fairway throughout the second round of the Zozo Championship golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Bubba Watson chips to the 15th hole during the 2nd round of the Zozo Champion golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Justin Rose strikes from the 10th tee throughout the second round of the Zozo Championship golf event Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Jordan Speith hits from a bunker to the 10th opening throughout the second round of the Zozo Champion golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Bubba Watson strikes from the 15th fairway throughout the second round of the Zozo Championship golf competition Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Patrick Reed chips to the eighth opening throughout the second round of the Zozo Championship golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Abraham Ancer hits from the 18th fairway throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Champion golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Collin Morikawa strikes from the bunker on the eighth opening throughout the second round of the Zozo Championship golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Hideki Matsuyama hits from the 10th tee throughout the 2nd round of the Zozo Champion golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

  • Abraham Ancer hits from the 18th fairway during the second round of the Zozo Champion golf tournament Friday, Oct. 23, 2020, in Thousand Oaks, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez).

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THOUSAND OAKS– Justin Thomas went from a quick coating someday to a rapid start the next, and also it brought him to a 7-under-par 65 on Friday and also a one-shot lead in the Zozo Championship at Sherwood Nation Club.

Thomas had not been particularly thrilled, besides his setting, mostly due to the fact that the final stretch of holes was still fresh on his mind and he gathered six consecutive the same levels on a day when the field made birdie or much better simply over 33 percent of the time.

Richy Werenski led the means with 12 birdies for a 61, the most affordable score in a tour-sanctioned competitors at Sherwood. The average rating was 67.87.

Tiger Woods managed to defeat that, making 8 birdies in his round of 66, as well as he still really did not grab any shots versus the lead. The defending champ at the Zozo Championship– he won last year in Japan– was still 12 shots behind.

” Obtained off to a much far better start as well as kept rolling,” Woods stated.

Thomas finished late Thursday mid-day with a 29 on the back 9 at Sherwood for a 65. He began the 2nd round on the back 9 and also escaped four straight birdies, breaking in on the par-3 12th, as well as played it in 31.

But after two birdies in three holes to begin the front nine– he struck right into the water on the par-5 second opening and also still handled to leave with par– he really did not transform any birdie opportunities.

Thomas was at 14-under 130, one stroke free from Lanto Lion as well as Dylan Frittelli, that each had a 65 and also each made bogey on the final hole.

Lion linked Thomas with a 5-foot birdie on the 7th hole as well as after that a 5-iron that didn’t end up the method he had actually visualized– he intended 25 feet left as well as hit it right at the flag, 15 feet behind it.

” Pressed it right at the flag and it lands a foot from the hole,” Griffin said. “Then Rickie (Fowler) hit right where I was trying to hit it and also his caddie claimed, ‘Good shot.’ And also I claimed, ‘Yeah, that’s where I was trying to strike it.'”

It exercised fine, but he hung back with a clunky 9-iron on the 9th opening that turned up almost 30 backyards except the hole as well as he missed out on a 10-foot par putt.

Former UCLA standout Patrick Cantlay found his putting touch and also shot 65. He was two shots behind, along with Scottie Scheffler, that additionally had a 65.

Reduced scores were anywhere on a program that is short by PGA Scenic tour standards and has 5 par-5s that are reachable in two, even without hitting chauffeur off the tee. There has actually been little wind as well as enjoyable weather. And different from the days of Woods’ vacation occasion in December, a 78-man field makes it likely extra gamers are going low, specifically when they see what everybody else is doing.

Woods couldn’t be much even worse from Thursday, specifically on the par-5s. He played them in 3 over in the opening round of 76, his highest rating in his 13th year playing Sherwood. He played them in 4 under on Friday.

Phil Mickelson played them in 3 over Friday, yet it was truly simply a pair of par-5s that consumed him up.He sent his tee fired off the residential property to the left on the 11th opening and made bogey. As well as on the 13th, he sent out two shots into what total up to a forest left of the fairway and made a quadruple-bogey 9. He shot 74 and also was near the bottom of the pack, one week after winning for the 2nd straight time on the 50-and-older PGA Trip Champions.

Making birdies is not an issue for Rory McIlroy. He’s just not obtaining much out of them. McIlroy made seven birdies in the opening round, yet he had three bogeys, two dual bogeys and one club snapped over his knee on the back nine. On Friday, he made 8 birdies and still only took care of a 67.

” So I have actually made 15 birdies in the first two days, which usually would place you right up on top of the leaderboard. I just made a lot of mistakes,” McIlroy stated. “It coincided story recently, kind of the same tale at Winged Foot. Simply among those stretches where the great things’s there, but the poor stuff is kind of removing from the fact that I’m hitting great shots and making birdies.”

Thomas has won the last 4 times he had a 36-hole lead, though this is different. Twenty players were within 4 shots of the lead, every one of them at 10 under or better. He is playing well, making birdies as well as it was no time to allow up.

” I played well. I’m not extremely happy with the finish,” he said. “The last six openings, I would have liked to at the very least have got something. Having a 5-iron and also a 5-wood out of the fairway into two par-5s as well as making two the same levels is not good. I simply had not been near as limited and also clean those last four openings.”

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