Justin Thomas regains Tour Championship lead before play suspended
By Keith Jackson
Last Updated: 25/08/19 12:28am
Justin Thomas reclaimed the lead in the early stages of round three at the Tour Championship before play was curtailed by dangerous weather in Atlanta.
Thomas and overnight leader Brooks Koepka completed only five holes before the players were removed from the course due to approaching thunderstorms, and play was abandoned for the day shortly after a terrifying lightning strike caused injuries to half a dozen spectators.
Fans injured by lightning strike
Frightening scenes at East Lake as spectators taken to hospital after bolt of lightning strikes tree
The PGA Tour later announced that, although the fans were taken to hospital, their injuries were not believed to be life-threatening and confirmed that play would resume at 8am on Sunday morning (1pm BST).
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Thomas, who began the tournament with a two-shot advantage over the 30-man field as the FedExCup standings leader, was one behind Koepka overnight but five opening pars were sufficient to see him return to the top of the leaderboard.
Thomas did not miss a fairway or a green in regulation but was unable to give himself a good birdie chance as he stayed at 12 under par, but Koepka and Rory McIlroy both made uncertain starts and bogeyed the first hole.
McIlroy, one behind overnight, split the fairway with his opening drive but then flew the green with his second and failed to get up-and-down from the rear rough, but he will have a chance to get the shot back when play resumes as he had just hit the par-five sixth green in two moments before the klaxons sounded.
Two putts from just over 40 feet will see McIlroy jump back into a share of the lead with Thomas, while Koepka will look to repair a damaging start, with bogeys at the first and third before he did well to avoid another at the fifth as he saved par from seven feet.
Former champion Xander Schauffele is two shots adrift after a bogey at the fourth, while Chez Reavie was the big mover as he birdied three of the first five holes to get to nine under, and he had just parred the seventh before retreating to the clubhouse.
Paul Casey is also three off the lead after atoning for a bogey at the first with a birdie at the third, although the Englishman missed a good chance for another at the sixth.