Thomas surges to share lead with Casey, Simpson

Thomas surges to share lead with Casey, Simpson

Kyle Stanley raced to 6-under after 18 holes, two strokes clear of Simpson, Brooks Koepka and Paul Casey and Daniel Berger, with Jordan Spieth, Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm just three strokes back. So, we're not going to give him a hard time for that.

"I guess it was because I was leaving a lot of shots out there". Still in the mix was Dustin Johnson, who again didn't get much out of his round but still was just four shots back.

"I was lucky my ball didn't fall back into its plug mark there in the bunker and it was one of those bunker shots I had to be aggressive with and I used my 56-degree wedge rather than my 60-degree".

"I would love to win it but then again, I know if I take care of business this week and I do what I came here to do, my goal, then I don't think it will be an issue", Thomas said.

"I feel like I'm having to bridge the gap".

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Thomas sank birdies on five and six, before picking up another shot on 13, although he dropped that on the following hole.

"Maybe I got caught up a little bit in the scoreboard today", Spieth said. He entered the week at second in the FedEx Cup standings behind Spieth, but is now projected first.

That left Perez just three shots off the lead on a tightly-packed leaderboard and he remains firmly in contention heading into the weekend.

"I've had a very good season to this point but I would like to turn it into a great one - and the way to do it would be with victory this week".

Though of the 30 players in the $US 8.5m event 23 are at level par or better and with the biggest shock being Rickie Fowler trailing in 29th place at seven-over.

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