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Steady Thomas moves in front at Zozo Championship

Field Level Media
24 Oct 2020, 11:55 GMT+10

Justin Thomas fired his second consecutive 7-under-par 65 on Friday to grab the lead in the Zozo Championship @ Sherwood in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

A bogey-free round at Sherwood Country Club left Thomas at 14-under 130. He holds a one-shot edge over Lanto Griffin and South Africa's Dylan Frittelli, who both shot 65 on Friday.

Two more players who shot a second-round 65, Patrick Cantlay and Scottie Scheffler, are tied for fourth at 12 under.

Richy Werenski tied Dustin Johnson's course record of 61, and he shares sixth place at 11 under. Werenski racked up 12 birdies and a single bogey.

Also tied for sixth are Bubba Watson (second-round 63), Patrick Reed (63), Tony Finau (64), Mexico's Abraham Ancer (66), Harris English (67), Kevin Kisner (67) and England's Tyrrell Hatton (68).

Defending champion Tiger Woods shot a 66 on Friday -- a 10-shot improvement over Thursday. He is at 2 under, tied for 66th place among the 77-player field.

Thomas, opening on the back nine, ran off five birdies in a six-hole stretch early in his round. He also birdied two of the first three holes on the front nine before closing with six consecutive pars.

"I played well. I'm not very pleased with the finish," Thomas said. "The last six holes I would have liked to at least have got something."

Thomas said of the Sherwood course, "It's not very difficult. It's short and the greens are soft right now. So obviously if they get firmer and they tuck the pins a little bit more, it is going to be harder and the scores will be higher. With some of the pins that they've had and definitely just the softer conditions, that's good scoring conditions for us."

Griffin, a 32-year-old California native, heated up on his second nine Friday, the front nine, making six birdies in eight holes before closing the round with his lone bogey of the day.

"Winning is our goal every week, but it's not realistic," said Griffin, who has one career win, at the 2019 Houston Open. "Even if you have a week like I did last week and finish seventh, you've got to be happy about it and take some positives and try and look back on what you did right and wrong and get better."

Woods' round featured eight birdies and two bogeys.

"I felt a lot better with my driving," Woods said. "I was able to hit the ball both ways, which is nice. I hit two bad tee shots with a 3-wood, but they ended up in the fairway and that was not the case yesterday. And I hit my irons basically pin high all day and gave myself a lot of (makeable) putts."

The Zozo Championship was moved from Japan to Southern California due to travel restrictions prompted by the coronavirus pandemic.

--Field Level Media

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