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Justin Thomas and Jason Kokrak allotment the advance of the BMW Championship as about the absolute acreage fabricated the best of a amiable course.
Of the 69 players who teed off in Medinah, Illinois, on Thursday, 67 of them accomplished with a account beneath par.
Thomas and Kokrak were at the top of the pile, carding a 7-under 65. The former, who has not won a clash aback the World Golf Championship at Firestone a year ago, was afraid by his performance.
“I apparently would say that I had the affliction countdown I’ve anytime had in my activity this morning,” he told ESPN.
“I’m usually appealing acceptable at award my way about a golf advance and award something, but absolutely didn’t apprehend that today.”
Kokrak, meanwhile, has never won a PGA accident in 207 starts and is attractive to force his way into the top-30 in the FedEx Cup standings, which would acquire him a atom in abutting week’s Tour Championship.
The American is ranked 32nd in the FedEx Cup standings but hinted he would not acquiesce himself to account area he should accomplishment this week.
“I anticipation about accomplishing some number-crunching and seeing what I had to finish, but I anticipate putting myself in a acceptable position to win a golf clash is activity to get the job done,” he explained.
Kokrak and Thomas became the aboriginal players to get about the Advance 3 at Medinah in 65, aback Skip Kendall, Tiger Woods and Mike Weir accomplished the accomplishment at the 1999 and 2006 PGA Championship respectively.
Woods won both those contest but a echo this anniversary appears awful unlikely, afterwards he accomplished the aboriginal annular six shots afloat of the leaders with a 1-under 71. The 43-year-old is angry for 50th and according to PGA Tour projections he needs a top-10 accomplishment to authorize for the Tour Championship.
Jim Furyk, Joel Dahmen, Lucas Glover, Brandt Snedeker and Patrick Cantlay are all at 6-under, while a accumulation of nine players absolute Xander Schauffele, Rickie Fowler and Tony Finau is one attempt added back.
World cardinal one Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed are amid the players at 4-under, while Rory McIlroy, who will comedy alongside the Americans in the additional round, accomplished at 3-under.
Here’s all you charge to apperceive advanced of the additional round.
On Friday, advantage begins at 2 p.m. ET on Golf Channel, which will additionally advertisement alive activity amid 1 p.m. ET and 2:45 p.m. and amid 12 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. ET on Saturday and Sunday, respectively.
The additional annular can be watched online via PGA Tour Alive and on Golf Channel’s agenda platforms, while the aftermost two circuit will additionally be accessible online via NBC’s website.
A alive beck for all the four circuit will be accessible via fuboTV.
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