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2020 Workday Charity Open ranking to go: Justin Thomas takes the lead in round 3



Justin Thomas was a model for efficiency and consistency on three days of the 2020 Workday Charity Open. He leads bogey-free golf at 15 under after 54 holes where he has carved Muirfield Village in pretty much every possible way.

Thomas probably has the best all-round game on the PGA Tour, and everything was seen on Saturday as he shot a 6-under-66 to take Collin Morikawa’s two-day lead and take control of a tournament that might turn out to be the 13th To be victory of his career. Let’s take a closer look at his round and what will happen on Sunday when JT leads the pack in round 4.

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. Justin Thomas (-16) – JT fired a shot into the 15th par-5 hole on Saturday from 253 meters away, which looked like it would disappear from the property, depending on how it came from the club. Instead, he had a 43-foot eagle putt. His ability to shape punches is amazing, and when you combine them with the other tools, it’s easy to see why he’s one of the top three players in the world. Thomas went on to do birdie on this 15th hole, one of the 16 he’s done so far this week. And as unbeatable as Morikawa was in the first two days, JT just kept his head down, did his thing and let Morikawa come back to him. He staggered it, and now he’s leading it at three and Viktor Hovland at two. This is problematic for the youngsters.

2.Viktor Hovland (-14) – For the second day in a row, Hovland had an Eagle Putt on the Par-4-14. He drove the green on lap 3 with a 3-wood (it was a driver on lap 2) and made a light birdie, one out of eight that day for him. The scary part here is that he hasn’t putted it yet. Hovland crushes – as he usually does – from tee to green (he’s probably one of the top three ball drivers in the world), and the short game looks a lot better. I’m thrilled to see what we get from him on Sunday, especially with JT in the same group and so much at stake.

3. Collin Morikawa (-13) – Hard day for Morikawa, hard day for me. I explained the tournament several times on Friday when Morikawa completely destroyed the field, but he pulled back a little on Saturday in round 3. He had almost 15 strokes on the field through 44 holes – a ridiculous number – but the trouble started on the 9th hole (par 4) where he missed a 4 foot putt and made his first bogey of the day. Two more followed over the next three holes as JT lapped him over. Morikawa struggled unusually with his iron game, which is unlikely to happen two days in a row. It is important that he played alongside Thomas and Hovland in the closing group on Sunday morning.

5. Sam Burns and T5. Ian Poulter, Rory Sabbatini (-10) – Poulter is the first to put on the field this week, which may not be sustainable in the long run, but it gave him a great start to the week with 54 holes and got him in position for another nice finish. He’ll need something sizzling to catch Thomas, Morikawa, or Hovland, but it was still a really impressive show so far.

T8. Gary Woodland (-9) – Woodland changed drivers this week and it works. He is third in driving and in the top 10 in the ranking. His game is so perfect for a place like Muirfield Village because he can take so many different types of shots. I love watching him play ball, and if the putter is as hot as the second and third rounds (top 10 on both days), it will almost always be in the leaderboard.

T8. Rickie Fowler, Chase Seiffert, Hideki Matsuyama and MJ Daffue (-9) – Fowler got three hits better every day. Even on Thursday, 3 under on Friday and 6 under on Saturday. Throw his 69-67 over the weekend at the Detroit Golf Club last week and suddenly his game is headed in the right direction. Even more encouraging is the fact that this week he’s in the top 15 from tee to green in a field better than last week’s Rocket Mortgage Classic. He’s too far back to win, but he should be locked up for the Memorial next weekend.

CBS Sports has been with you all the time and has updated this story with the latest results, updates and highlights from the Workday Charity Open below. Check out the live results above in this story or a more detailed ranking.




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