Justin Thomas takes two-shot lead into weekend of CJ Cup in Korea

Justin Thomas vaulted into a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of this CJ Cup in Korea a superb nine-under 63 in the next round.
Thomas birdied the first four holes and managed to construct onto his hot start, holing his ninth birdie putt of the day to climb to 13 under par two ahead of leader Byeong Hun An and Korean-born New Zealander Danny Lee.
Jordan Spieth enhanced his prospects of a first triumph since The Open as a series of errors contributed which left him 11 strokes off the pace and also out the top 50 but winner Brooks Koepka went from another direction.
There were no problems for world No 5 Thomas , the winner Jeju Island at 2017, since he accompanied his own four-birdie flyer after the flip with another gain in the eighth and three holes.
Thomas maintained the errors at bay and also atoned for his bogey-six at the 18th on Thursday using a solid birdie to close a 63 he explained aseffortless.
That has been, I would say, overall one of the rounds I have played in a little while, he explained. It arrived very straightforward. Like all of the putts I made actually were not anything crazy I felt.
The putt on 10 was probably the hardest one I had, but for the most partI had them in the ideal spots for where they had been rather easy putts or closer to the gap. I never really had to worry too much on the market, that is definitely a bonus
An slept on the overnight lead and began two with a nervy bogey at the 10th, however the house paintings were soon cheering because he recovered with a birdie at the 12th and then created four in a row by the 17th, lifting him to 12 under with seven holes – and 2 par-fives – to playwith.
But the former BMW PGA winner fought over the final third of his rounded and then lost his second shot of the tournament in the sixth before parring in to get a 69 to stay at 11 under, a dent later matched by Lee later he shot a little gloss off his 66 with a bogey at the last.
Four birdies in six holes in the 12th lifted Lee, who was playing with Thomas and Phil Mickelson, to 12 underneath, but he grabbed a leash heavy from inside 100 yards at the final and came short of the green, a mistake which led to a closing six.
Id a 95-yard third shot, it was downhill, and I was attempting to strike my 60-degree wedge a bit too hard and hit it a little bit, said Lee. Got short-sided and that I didnt make the up and down. However, besides that, it was a really positive round.
Spieth, still following his first triumph since lifting the Claret Jug at Royal Birkdale, recovered from a bogey in the first with four birdies on the back nine and, after another blemish at 11he birdied five of their final seven holes to reunite a 65 which pushed him under and Emiliano Grillo (66).
As he added a strong 68 following having a couple of 69s behind together with exciting Norwegian gift Viktor Hovland tyrrell Hatton directs the British challenge.
However, Koepka continued to fight for shape and made two birdies against five bogeys in a 75 that leaves him out the top-50 of this 78-man field.

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