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Thomas Keeps Lead at Sherwood

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) — Justin Thomas wasn’t playing poorly. It only felt that way Saturday at the Zozo Championship at Sherwood, where being a few shots under par means losing ground. He was 3 under and already had lost the lead he had at the start.

The final hour changed everything — his score, his position, even his outlook.

Thomas got one good break, made two good birdie putts and wound up with a 5-under 67 that gave him a one-shot lead over Jon Rahm going into the final round. “Didn’t have my best stuff by any means, but to shoot a round like that is huge on a course like this,” Thomas said. “Usually I’m grinding to shoot a 1-, 2-, 3-under. Here at Sherwood, the scores are very low and you need to be able to — crazy as it is — shoot 5 under to keep pace.”

He got there with an 8-foot par putt on the 15th, a 10-foot birdie putt on the 16th after his tee shot nearly went into a creek and he regained the lead with a 30-foot birdie putt up the slope on the par-3 17th. “Great to give myself a little bit of momentum and cap off what I felt like was a pretty average day.”

It was anything but average for Rahm. He was 5 under through five holes and saved par at the end for a 63.

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