Justin Thomas makes move, co-leads after Round 2 of WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

Aug 3, 2018; Akron, OH, USA; PGA golfer Justin Thomas tees off on the 18th hole during the second round of the WGC - Bridgestone Invitational golf tournament at Firestone Country Club - South Course. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Thomas makes move, co-leads after Round 2 of WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

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Justin Thomas makes move, co-leads after Round 2 of WGC-Bridgestone Invitational

AKRON, Ohio – Justin Thomas has said all week that he loves Firestone Country Club, enjoys this event and isn’t sure why he’s never played well here.

In Thomas’ defense he’s only had two previous cracks at it, and he’s right where he wants to be now after shooting 6-under 64 in Round 2 to join co-leaders Ian Poulter and Tommy Fleetwood at 11 under in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

“I feel that I can get it done on any golf course,” Thomas said. “But the thing about this place is, it’s so demanding that you can shoot 74 just as quickly as you shoot 64. If you’re just not hitting it well, you’re not playing well, you can shoot a high number.”

Thomas was on the right side of the discrepancy Friday and had just one bogey, at the par-5 16th hole. It’s a layup for most players in the field but Thomas is long enough to try in two if he wants, and he was kicking himself for doing just that on an approach that ended up in the water.

“I had I think 284 to the hole, but 273 to the front and I can comfortably carry that with a 3-wood,” Thomas said. “So we hit 3-wood and it just wasn’t necessary. … If I lay up, as good as my wedge game is right now, I’d probably make 5 but I don’t make worse than 6. I just pushed it too far right and hit it in the water and we were lucky to get up and down for 6, but that was stupid decision.”

Thomas said earlier this week it feels like it’s been “forever” since he last won — at the Honda Classic in February — but his game is much better than it looked during his first missed cut of the season at the British Open.

The timing couldn’t be better as he enters next week’s PGA Championship at Bellerive looking to become the first ever repeat winner in tournament history. He’s also looking to repeat as FedEx Cup winner and add another $10 million bonus check to the bank account.

First things first, though — Thomas tees off at 1:55 p.m. ET Saturday with Kyle Stanley in the penultimate pairing with a chance to pick up his third win of the season.

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