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BMW BMW top list 2019, points: Justin Thomas shines in round 3 as the field plays

After three rounds of the BMW Championship, Justin Thomas has emerged as both the leader of the event and the favorite to win it, moving to first place in the FedEx Cup entering next week's Tour Championship. He assumed that role by shooting a remarkable 11-under 61 on Saturday in Round 3 (more on that in one minute), and at 21 under total, he now leads Tony Finau and Patrick Cantlay with six going to Round 4. You can surely says this thing is pretty over.

But before we get into that, let's take a closer look at Round 3 at the Medinah Country Club.

First place ̵

1; Justin Thomas (-13): I'm not entirely sure what I just saw. I tried to print my thoughts here but man, J.T.'s top gear is special. Sure, luck plays a role in breaking a track record 61 – which he noted – but when he feels it feels like he'll make every shot he hits in a way I'm not sure with any other golfer. When I was on the No. 18 fairway, I legitimately expected him to at least take a look at the pin on his approaching shot for 59. He did not, and I found myself stunned. That's all you need to know about his third round on Saturday.

Last place – Harold Varner III, Cameron Champ (+1): It's less about how bad these two are playing and more about how absurd it is that only two golfers play worse than even golf. And Champ shots had to shoot a 78 on Saturday just to fall that far.

Other Challengers – Tony Finau (-15), Patrick Cantlay (-15), Rory Sabbatini (-14), Jon Rahm (-13): I mean, sure, anyone could theoretically shoot 62 and up JT But it's not like his other rounds this week have been bad. Prior to 61, he shot 65 on Thursday (then a course record) and 69 on Friday. So good luck! One thing you can feel confident about is that the winner becomes one of these five golfers.

What did Tiger Woods do? Big Cat shot a strong 67 on Saturday with a putt for 66 on the last hole. He played well, but he still has a lot of work to do on Sunday to get into the top 11 or so and make it to the Tour Championship. It will be a quiet tournament in a tournament on Sunday. Mostly because it's Woods, but also because he won the Tour Championship last year and will try to repeat this time.

Who had an amazing day? Other than Thomas, Gary Woodland shot a 64 on Saturday to move to the top 20 on Sunday. It was his sixth-best game of the week and his best since his U.S. Open victory with four. He nearly led the field in both beats getting hit and punches getting on approaching shots on Saturday.

Who had a miserable day? Only four guys were worse than 1 over in round 3, and Champ was by far the worst of them at 6 over (J.B. Holmes was 4 over). Champ made only two bogeys, but he added no birdies and two doubles for 78 total. He also finished 69th (of 69) in strokes, received tee to green and 64th in placement. Not good!

State Day: This is completely crazy.

What to watch on day 4: What does Thomas do in the first six holes. It will tell you everything you need to know. If he makes a couple of birds, we'll see you next week. But the course is soft enough to at least be an issue if he stops early. I mean, there's a reason he's a favorite -900, but at least it's within the scope of the possibility that Cantlay or Finau go nuts early and make it a race. The problem is that one of only three or four guys will have to play flawless golf, and Thomas will make many, many wrong turns. Based on his driving on Saturday, I guess it's possible, but I don't see it happening this week with this lead.

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