Justin Thomas plays down talk of being world's best current golfer

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Get daily prep sports headlines from the Gwinnett Daily Post staff delivered to your email. The 30th-ranked Aussie rolled in six birdies on the day and has played his past 28 holes bogey-free.

Thomas, 24, clinched his first major title at the PGA Championship last month, coming from behind over the final nine holes.

If there's anything Leishman has learned in the past few years, it's this: in the grand scheme of things, this lovely, at times stupefying, game hardly matters.

It was however Leishman's second best finish of the year behind his win at the Arnold Palmer Invitational but it was a case of what might have been, especially having controlled the tournament through nine holes. "I think I was tied on the back nine at one point, me through 13 and then Justin through 13, but ultimately I had a number in mind and needed a couple more to get there". You know, you have to put things into perspective.

"He wasn't a very good caddie", Thomas laughed.

Thomas was near flawless as he posted an 8-under 63 thanks to eight birdies to stand at 12-under 201 with Leishman at TPC Boston. It has not always been that way but we live in a world where 140 characters is now considered as hefty a tome as "War and Peace" and history is measured in weeks, not years.

In a final-round 66, Matsuyama made six birdies against a lone bogey for his lowest score of the tournament, but his 5-under total was not enough to push him higher up the season's points standings as all three players above him - Thomas, Spieth and Dustin Johnson - finished better in MA.




Thomas is just 27 points behind his friend and rival Jordan Spieth in the Fedexcup rankings as the bandwagon moves onto the BMW Championship in IL a week Thursday. "It's really, whoever is playing the best at that time".

Leishman shot 30 on the front to build a two-shot lead but he had to save bogey at the 10th after an errant drive.

Trouble off the tee on No. 10 caused Leishman to incur a penalty stroke. More concerning, all three finished with the kind of flourish that made the week-long discussion of the Big Names winning these events all the more hard to ignore. Yardage: 7,342. Par: 71. The perplexing par-4 12th offered little reprieve, Leishman going from native area to bunker to fringe before two-putting for his third straight square. Any time any of my friends win and I don't, I'm extremely happy for them.

"When you're not missing greens on days like this when the weather is tough it takes a lot of stress off", Leishman said.

He finally got back on track, but the damage had been done.

Thomas is projected to jump from third in the FedExCup standings to first should he be able to close out a victory.

"But I feel confident when I get in these situations like today, or like I did at the PGA, I feel like I can get it done". Bubba Watson was one of a few main notables who started outside the top 70 and couldn't fight his way in.

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