Oct 21st, 2017
Watch Justin Thomas hit 461-yard drive in Korea
This is bonkers...
Words: Tim Southwell Styling: GolfPunk
Well, that was one hell of a day on Jeju Island, South Korea. Fierce winds took their toll on the field and breaking par was a very tough ask.
Justin Thomas was one of those who did beat the course and duly went back to the top of the leaderboard at The CJ Cup @ Nine Bridges with a 2-under-par 70 to take a one-stroke lead after the third round.
The reigning FedExCup Champion offset a lone double bogey and a bogey with five birdies to reach the clubhouse at 9-under 207.
But all the talk was of his miracle shot at the 598-yard par-5 12th. Normally when you're facing a yardage of this type (which has a blind second shot no matter how well you hit your drive), you're content to slide one down there 300 or so yards and see what happens. Or you can do this:
In other news, Scott Brown had back-to-back bogeys on Nos. 10 and 11 but recovered with a birdie on 15, adding to the one he had on the par-4 No. 5.
Anirban Lahiri moved into a share of third place with Marc Leishman (71) after a 69 that included four birdies and a bogey. Whee Kim (70) was the highest placed of the 16 South Korean players in the field, tied for fifth after a 72.
Overnight leader Luke List struggled with the windy conditions and fell into a tie for eighth place after a 76. List had three bogeys on the front nine and a pair of double bogeys on the back nine. Jason Day also struggled with the wind, carding a 71 to be tied for 16th.
Watch 3rd round highlights right here
It'll be fascinating to see what the final day brings.