Thomas and Leishman share third-round lead at Boston

Thomas and Leishman share third-round lead at Boston

Thomas and Leishman share third-round lead at Boston

Marc Leishman drives during his closing 70 at TPC Boston today.

At two over par, Garcia was 14 shots behind Thomas and Leishman, who shot superb rounds of 63 and 65 respectively despite the wet and windy conditions.

Leishman birdied the first, second, fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth to race to the turn in 30. Spieth was unable to capitalize on Thomas' gaffe on the eleventh as he had three bogeys of his own on the final nine, giving him a 67 for the day.

Spieth still moved to No 1 in the FedEx Cup with one more event before the $10 million prize is decided at the Tour Championship. "It was a patient day", said Thomas, who also praised caddie Jimmy Johnson after the victory that cemented his front-runner status as PGA Tour Player of the Year.

Only the top-30 players are eligible to play in the Tour Championship, which takes place September 21-24 at the East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta, Georgia.

Thomas was near ideal as he posted an eight-under 63 thanks to eight birdies, including one off a 49-foot putt on the par-four 12th hole, to stand at 12-under 201 with Leishman at TPC Boston. Thomas had Spieth caddie for him.

Five years later, they met as college freshmen in the match-play final of the NCAA championship at Riviera, Spieth representing Texas and Thomas playing for Alabama.

By then, his lead was two shots, but trouble struck immediately.

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth have been friends since they were 14-year-old golfing prodigies, each trying to beat the other while growing intertwined in the way two young kids sharing similar experiences can.

Justin Thomas was reluctant to declare himself as the best player in the world on current form following his thrilling victory at the Dell Technologies Championship. I only had two bogeys this week and I'm probably just as proud of that as I am winning. While he was able to hack his ball out with an abbreviated backswing, his shot slewed sideways and nearly hit a cameraman who needed to leap out of the way. "So it's like I can never compare that", said Thomas, who then made reference to his close friend and three-time major champion Spieth, who finished solo second after a disappointing back-nine.

Leishman looked forward to some time at home with his family before starting again in Chicago. When you put our stats head-to-head throughout our career, I would say no.

Kevin Chappell made his first Presidents Cup team by a fraction of a point, and he needed a lot more help that he realized. "There were some tough holes out there but certainly not ten shots tougher than the front nine". Things don't affect me as much. "We played a few more tournaments throughout the year and went back and forth".

Spieth wasted a start that riled up the Labor Day crowd - birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie - with too many mistakes on the back nine. Leishman finished in third place at 13 under par. With two birdies and one clutch par save, Thomas closed with a five-under 66 for a three-shot victory over Spieth that sent him into the off week feeling better than ever about his game, and his year. He's now 51st in the FedEx Cup standings after missing the cut in Boston.

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