Justin Thomas makes his move at Bridgestone


Justin Thomas will take a three-shot lead into the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational after carding a three-under 67 to move clear of the field.

Thomas fired five birdies in seven holes around the turn on Saturday to finish at 14-under, three ahead of Rory McIlroy and Ian Poulter.

The 25-year old will head into Sunday looking to clinch a third PGA victory of the season, just a week ahead of his defence of the PGA Championship.

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He will play with McIlroy in the final group after the four-time major winner shot a blemish-free 67, with birdies on the second, ninth and 17th holes.

Speaking after his round, McIlroy said he was happy with his game.

“I drove the ball well, gave myself plenty of chances, didn’t convert too many but even when I put myself out of position I held some good pars,” he said.

“If I can just make a couple more birdies tomorrow and keep the bogies off my card, I shouldn’t be too far away.

“I’ve putted well this week and every facet of my game feels pretty good.”

Overnight leader Poulter couldn’t keep the pace, the Englishman hit four birdies and four bogeys in an even-par round of 70.

Aussie Jason Day lies in fourth place on 10 under after a 69 while compatriot Marc Leishman was a shot further back in a tie for fifth spot alongside Kyle Stanley.

Rickie Fowler (65) and John Rahm (68) were on eight-under par.

Tommy Fleetwood, who had led overnight with Thomas and POulter slid down the leaderboard after a 74.

Another player who struggled was Tiger Woods, the eight-time winner hit a single birdie as he went round in 73 to finish 11 shots off the pace at three under.

“I’m fine. I just played like crap,” Woods said. “I didn’t warm up very well, I didn’t hit the ball crisp or clean.”