BMW Championship Golf : BMW Championship winless this season, 2017 FedExCup champion Thomas scorched Medinah No. 3 with an 11-under-par 61, a new course record, and will go into Sunday’s final round with a six-shot lead over Tony Finau (68) and Patrick Cantlay (68).
“I’m just trying to get my lead to seven right now,” said Thomas, who won a combined eight times in 2017-18 but has been noticeably absent from the winner’s circle after missing time this season with a wrist injury. “It’s at six. That’s the one thing I’m focused on.”
This will mark the 10th time Thomas has held or shared the 54-hole lead on the PGA TOUR; he has converted six of nine such leads into victories. Thomas, Finau and Cantlay will play in the last group at 1:20 p.m. ET. Players will go off in threesomes with storms in the forecast.
The gesture worked on multiple levels. Thomas is in first place at the BMW Championship at 21 under after shooting an 11-under 61. His score is the lowest recorded at Medinah, the brawny track that can send double-digit handicappers to therapy.
The best in the world, meanwhile, have reduced it to rubble. A soft course with no wind essentially widens the fairways and renders the greens defenseless.