Thomas takes joint lead after eagle on 18

Annette Crawford
September 23, 2017

Casey's second successive 66 hauled the 40-year-old to eight under and level with the Americans Justin Thomas and Webb Simpson at the top of the Tour Championship scoreboard.

With no wins since the 2016 PLAYERS Championship Day is desperate for a victory but as good as his play was over the first 10 holes things went awry from the 12th.

He said: "All I all, it's a pretty exciting time - hectic, but exciting". "But then I look up there and everyone is 6 under, and it doesn't look so easy". "If I can get it within three, I would be happy". Pollyanna picked the name, Astaria - I don't know where that one came from, but it has a nice sound to it.

Hitting back with two birdies in his last three holes again showed Day's tenacity and got him to T11 with two rounds to play but he will rightly feel it was a round that got away.

Jordan Spieth was lucky to still be just four shots behind.

As one of the top five seeds, Thomas only has to win the Tour Championship to capture the FedEx Cup.

But two holes later he was projected to finish ninth on the overall standings - just one place higher than his starting position.

A combination of factors conspired to see him reel off three straight bogeys and tumble back down a packed leaderboard as those ahead made moves.

But that list is plenty deep after two sweltering days at East Lake. It is all going to plan - I was playing very tidy golf, and the late blemishes on the card were from some sloppy stuff. At the halfway point, he is very much in the hunt to do just that. It's within reach, but he'll have to close like he's closed all year to shut it down.

Any of the 30 players in the season-ending event can theoretically win the $10m (£7.4m) prize on offer, but only those in the top five in the standings are assured of doing so by claiming victory in Atlanta. Simpson was locked in from the start today, picking up four birdies in his first seven holes, including one at the hard par-4 opening hole. "I can do it really well on the chipping green, but I've been having a hard time transitioning to the golf course, so we've been working on that", said Simpson, who also sidestepped a normal practice round for another nine-hole walk with his caddie on Wednesday.

"I had a bit of a smelly lie in the bunker for my third shot, and I actually did well to get it to within 12 feet of the flag".

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