Golf: Justin Thomas threatens Jon Rahm’s No. 1

Justin Thomas and Jon Rahm, on the third day of the FedEx St. Jude .

A recital with the putt of Justin Thomas on the third day from the FedEx St. Jude Invitational, where he only needed the final club 26 times to dispatch the day, propelled the Kentucky golfer towards the option of reaching the world number 1 if on Sunday he traces the four strokes ahead of the current leader, his compatriot Brendon Todd.

Thomas, 66 hits, needs the win to deprive Jon Rahm of reaching the PGA, the first big of the year that begins next Thursday, at the head of the world ranking. The Spanish golfer, unsuccessful throughout the Memphis tournament, signed 71 strokes and moves at the bottom of the table. It started with a bogey and closed on Saturday with two consecutive. The second nine holes, where two more errors and three birdies fell, showed the irregularity of his game this week, a facet that the young sensation usually controls.

In favor of the current monarch he plays that between Todd, a golfer who has already won two tournaments this course and who, after overcoming three years of yips, returned from position 2,000 in the world ranking to the top 50, and Thomas there are more people. Golfers as solvent as Rickie Fowler or Brooks Koepka, as well as Korean Byeong Hun An. Rory McIlroy, the other suitor, is also in the Memphis basement.

In a day with the field soaked, Greens that ended very heavy, and that allowed to make a result -Tom Lewis scored a 61- Todd kept the type by stopping the load of all his rivals, among whom Sergio García could have gotten.

The Castellón golfer started with four birdies in the first seven holes to peek into the top ten, until the 11th hole (par 3) of the Southwind TPC was crossed, the field that will shortly reach 6,000 balls overboard on the PGA Tour, since the Circuit incorporated in 2003.

Sergio’s shot went to the lake and three putts They left him a triple bogey that was an impossible slab to climb to give him a chance. It was the only blur on a brilliant day, where García took many greens and was very in tune with the putt. Rafa Cabrera Bello signed 75 shots and closes the table in this World Cup.