Thomas fires off a 63, shares lead in Boston

Thomas fires off a 63, shares lead in Boston

Justin Thomas is three months older than Jordan Spieth and trying to catch up.

Leishman led by two at the turn on Sunday. "So I thought that was cool".

"I don't like when my friends beat me". Jordan Spieth was second at 14-under and Marc Leishman third at 13-under.

Spoiler alert: Thomas hoisted the hardware, but it was a title bout that has been a decade in the making, the dye first cast when the two 24-year-olds squared off for the first time in a junior event in Mansfield, Texas.

It was a home game for Spieth, who grew up in Dallas.

Leishman's hopes ended at the par-four 17.

"Jealous isn't the word but he probably had some feelings of anxiousness", said Spieth, who won two Majors in 2015.

A few months later, Thomas got his revenge while the two were playing for the USA team at the Evian Junior Masters in France. There wasn't much he could have done to stop Thomas, his best friend in golf since they were teenagers. Spieth tagged along as his caddie. "That was definitely a bonus".

They are not yet rivals.

Justin Thomas can't stop winning.

The big man from Warrnambool was on the cusp of the biggest win of his professional career when he raced through the front nine of the final round in the Dell Technologies Championship in 30, six-under par, taking a two-shot lead in the second of the PGA Tour's playoff series.

That doesn't sound like it will change.

Thomas fires off a 63, shares lead in Boston
Thomas fires off a 63, shares lead in Boston

"It's just a matter of closing it out", Spieth said.

Woods ruined us, of course, when it comes to expectations, and Spieth sort of ruined what Thomas has done this year. It's just that no one is the best in the world.

"I teed it really low".

The Dell Technologies Championship was not a duel between Thomas and Spieth.

There's a new leader of the FedEx Cup.

In a final-round 66, Matsuyama made six birdies against a lone bogey for his lowest score of the tournament, but his 5-under total was not enough to push him higher up the season's points standings as all three players above him - Thomas, Spieth and Dustin Johnson - finished better in MA. Even as far back as 2016, it was a running gag that Thomas was more known for being Spieth's running buddy than for being a world class golfer in his own right.

In Thomas' first couple of seasons after turning pro in late 2013, he netted just one victory, with a handful of opportunities slipping through his fingers. That doesn't mean he'll never win again on the PGA Tour, but it will take a herculean effort from him to do so.

One year made a big difference.

He needed some kind of miracle to get up-and-down for birdie and secure a second-place finish in the second FedEx Cup playoff event, so he tried to chip his ball forward with some gnarly weeds and high grass behind him.

In a whirlwind of low scoring, Leishman birdied the first, second, fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth to race to the turn in 30, matching the outward nine of three-time major victor Spieth. Thomas had one victory and last played on a team when Alabama won the national title the year Spieth turned pro. Putter feels good, which is very important in match play.

Spieth still has 11 victories on the PGA Tour and three legs of the Grand Slam.

Thomas got it done this week with every club except the one in his bag that is most lethal - his driver. He birdied three of the first four and was 4-under through 13 before a double at the 14th set things back. Could either have imagined that 10 years later they would have 17 tour victories and the Grand Slam between them?

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