Thomas adds 2nd record to re­sume

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Justin Thomas fin­ished with an­other ea­gle and put him­self in the PGA Tour record book again Fri­day in the Sony Open in Honolulu.

One day af­ter his 59 made him only the sev­enth player in PGA Tour his­tory to break 60, Thomas made an 8-foot ea­gle putt on the 18th hole at Wa­ialae for a 6-un­der-par 64 to set the 36-hole scor­ing record on the PGA Tour.

Thomas was at 17-un­der 123 and had a five-shot lead over Gary Wood­land.

Wood­land made a 10-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole for his se­cond straight 64.

The PGA Tour’s pre­vi­ous 36-hole record was 124, last matched at the 2015 BMW Cham­pi­onship by Ja­son Day.

“It’s cool,” Thomas said. “Just like yes­ter­day, any­time you can get your name in the record book, it’s awe­some. I had no idea un­til I fin­ished.”

Thomas started slowly, not pick­ing up his first birdie un­til the fifth hole. Ir­ri­ta­tion from a three-putt bo­gey on the eighth hole got him go­ing, and Thomas ran off four straight birdies around the turn.

From there, no one got closer than four shots.

Zach John­son had a 61 and Olympic gold medal­ist Justin Rose shot 64. They were in the group seven shots be­hind along with Hud­son Swaf­ford, who opened with a 62 but could man­age only a 68 Fri­day.

Jor­dan Spi­eth felt empty af­ter rounds of 65-67, par­tially be­cause he was nine shots be­hind and pri­mar­ily be­cause he had as many chances as Thomas over the past two days. Only one of them has been con­vert­ing putt af­ter putt.

“Just has a re­ally cold put­ter this week,” Spi­eth said. “I think it added to the frus­tra­tion on the green, be­cause the game is look­ing so easy to him. I felt like I was hit­ting the ball in the same lo­ca­tion, I’m just be­ing out­done on the green. That’s some­thing a lit­tle ab­nor­mal to me.”

That made Thomas, his best friend in golf for 10 years, chuckle.

“Now he knows how a lot of peo­ple feel,” Thomas said. McIl­roy hurts back: Rory McIl­roy re­mained in con­tention at the South African Open in Jo­han­nes­burg de­spite a back prob­lem that nearly forced him to with­draw.

The se­cond-ranked McIl­roy shot a 4-un­der 68, leav­ing him three strokes be­hind leader Graeme Storm of Eng­land. McIl­roy birdied five of the first six holes on the back nine, but bo­geyed the fi­nal two.

“I’m ac­tu­ally sur­prised I’m stand­ing here,” McIl­roy said. “I ac­tu­ally thought about pulling out be­fore even tee­ing off to­day. I tweaked my back some­how, and the first few shots to­day weren’t very com­fort­able and it still isn’t re­ally com­fort­able. I can’t re­ally take a deep breath be­cause I’ve done some­thing to my up­per back.”

Storm shot a course-record 63 to reach 12-un­der 132. Di­a­mond Re­sorts In­vi­ta­tional: Woody Austin shot a 12un­der 59 at the Di­a­mond Re­sorts In­vi­ta­tional in Or­lando, scor­ing 43 points in the mod­i­fied Sta­ble­ford event for PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons, LPGA Tour and celebrity play­ers.

Kevin Suther­land shot the only 59 in of­fi­cial PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons play, ac­com­plish­ing the feat at the 2014 Dick’s Sport­ing Goods Open.

Lexi Thomp­son was tied for 13th with 26 points to top the four LPGA Tour play­ers in the field. For­mer A’s pitcher Mark Mul­der led the celebrity field with 26 points.

Marco Gar­cia / As­so­ci­ated Press

Justin Thomas waves to the gallery af­ter shoot­ing a 64 to main­tain his lead at the Sony Open in Honolulu.

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