Thomas makes an ace, takes the lead in Mex­ico

The Washington Post Sunday - - HOCKEY - GOLF ROUNDUP

Justin Thomas made a hole-in­one and surged into the lead with a 5-un­der-par 66 on a Satur­day of high en­ter­tain­ment in the Mex­ico Championship in Mex­ico City.

Thomas hit a 6-iron from 239 yards that one-hopped into the cup on the par-3 13th. He added a pair of birdies that gave him a one-stroke lead over Dustin John­son, with Phil Mick­el­son and Rory McIl­roy right be­hind.

Such a world-class leader board should have been enough to de­light the crowd at Cha­pul­te­pec Golf Club. There was so much more. John­son, in his de­but at No. 1 in the world, was tied for the lead when his sec­ond shot on the 16th got stuck in a tree. He walked back to the orig­i­nal spot and hit the next one to 15 feet, and the ball fell out of the tree as he was walk­ing to the green. He made the putt to sal­vage a bo­gey and shot a 66.

Mick­el­son didn’t hit a fair­way on the back nine un­til the 16th hole and at one point took as many drops as he had birdies. Lefty man­aged to make three straight birdies un­til clos­ing with a bo­gey for a wild round of 68.

He was two strokes be­hind, along with McIl­roy, who didn’t make a birdie over his last seven holes and shot a 70.

At nearly 7,800 feet of el­e­va­tion, the fi­nal round fig­ures to be up in the thin air. That might even in­clude Jor­dan Spi­eth, who set the course record with an 8-un­der 63 and was among a dozen play­ers within five shots of the lead.

It starts with Thomas, the 23year-old who al­ready has three vic­to­ries in this PGA Tour wrap­around sea­son, two of them at the start of the year in Hawaii. He was hang­ing around the lead­ers when he made his hole-in-one on the 13th.

LPGA TOUR: Michelle Wie shot a 5-un­der 67 to lead the HSBC Women’s Cham­pi­ons tournament by two strokes af­ter the third round in Sin­ga­pore.

The Amer­i­can fol­lowed up rounds of 66 and 69 to reach 14-un­der 202 and lead an LPGA event af­ter 54 holes for the first time since she won the 2014 U.S. Open.

Top-ranked Ly­dia Ko birdied the last hole for a 67 to end the day in a three-way tie for sec­ond. She was joined by last year’s Bri­tish Open cham­pion Ariya Ju­tanu­garn (69) and the big-hit­ting Park Sung-Hyun (68).

Rio Olympic gold medal­ist In­bee Park shot a 71 to fin­ish three shots be­hind Wie and tied with the de­fend­ing cham­pion Ha Na Jang (68).

EURO­PEAN TOUR: Alexan­der Bjork and Scott Jamieson will fight it out again as they re­tained a share of the lead head­ing to­ward the fi­nal round of the Tsh­wane Open.

The sec­ond-round co-lead­ers were still top of the leader board af­ter 54 holes, both mov­ing to 13-un­der 200 at Pre­to­ria Coun­try Club in the South African cap­i­tal.

Bjork and Jamieson carded 68s and birdied their last hole to open a one-stroke lead over Jorge Campillo and Dean Burmester.

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