Thomas jumps into three-way tie for lead at Tour Championship

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Reigning PGA champion Justin Thomas eagled the final hole to shoot a 4-under-par 66 on Friday, leaving him tied with Webb Simpson and England's Paul Casey after the second round at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club.

Prior to the playoffs, most players said Thomas was the favorite to win the Tour's Player of the Year Award - which is voted on by the players - unless something dramatic happened in the postseason.

"But in saying that I have also had a lot of treatment on the shoulder". "But that's a couple down on the priority list at the moment".

Compatriot Simpson and Englishman Casey carded 67 to join Thomas at seven-under 133, one stroke ahead of a group of four including American Patrick Reed, whose 65 was the best of the day.

Casey's round was derailed with consecutive bogeys at 12 and 13, but he gathered himself and made a birdie at No. 16. I was hitting some really good putts that just weren't dropping. Still in the mix was Dustin Johnson, who again didn't get much out of his round but still was just four shots back. He entered the week at second in the FedEx Cup standings behind Spieth, but is now projected first.

Of course, with two rounds to play there is far too many permetations and with Casey happy at least the likes of FedEx Cup front-runner, Jordan Spieth back at three-under with scores of 67 and 70. You're up against 29 other top guys, but it's still strong.

"I've had a very good season to this point but you see some of the other, Justin and Jordan, or Dustin Johnson and Hideki Matsuyama aren't even mentioned today but they've had fantastic seasons". Pollyanna picked the name, Astaria - I don't know where that one came from, but it has a nice sound to it.



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