Justin Thomas sets course record at WGC-Mexico Championship

MEXICO CITY – Golf is a funny game.

Justin Thomas, a winner of last week’s Honda Classic and the No. 3-ranked player in the world, was totally lost in Thursday’s first round of the World Golf Championships-Mexico Championship, saying afterward that he felt helpless and had never felt worse standing over the ball.

On Friday, he found something on the practice range.

On Saturday, he set the course record.

Thomas, the reigning FedExCup champion and PGA Tour player of the year, made eight birdies and an eagle to offset a lone bogey en route to a 9-under-par 62 at the Club de Golf Chapultepec. Jordan Spieth held the previous course record with a 63 in last year’s third round of the WGC-Mexico Championship.

“Obviously, it was a great day,” Thomas said. “Who knows what’s going to happen, but I’m definitely moving in the right direction.”

Thomas, who started the sun-splashed day on the 10th tee and 11 shots out of the lead, has a chance to win his eighth title in his last 31 PGA Tour starts as he stood four shots behind pace-setter Shubhankar Sharma…

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