World number five golfer Justin Thomas hit 63 strokes (par72) in the second round, to lead the only PGA Tour event on Jeju Island with a score of -13.
The second round of tournament on The Club at Nine Bridges is considered the most successful round of Thomas this year. The 2017 birdie champion is the first four holes, creating good psychological momentum to advance to the round of 63 non-bogey sticks.
Thomas’s 131 strokes in two rounds also broke the tournament’s record-breaking 36 holes to four strokes. The round with -9 brought the 26-year-old golfer to the top of the CJ Cup score table with a total of -13, two strokes from the pursuing team including An Byeong Hun and Danny Lee. This is only the second time in his career, Thomas hit 63 sticks in a round of golf on the Tour.
Asia seemed to be a good place for Thomas when he was crowned three times here in just eight appearances. Two of them came at the CIMB Classic and the other was at the first CJ Cup event two years ago. In three times holding top of the table after the previous 36 holes, Thomas are champions.
Emiliano Grillo and Jordan Spieth finished in the top 5 with the same overall score -9. Spieth has up to 10 birdies – the most in the round, but only scored -7 in the second round by the bogey three times. The 2015 FedEx Cup champion had the chance to win the CJ Cup the first time he attended the tournament, only four strokes away from Thomas.
The CJ Cup limits the number of golfer participating to 78 and no cuts after the first half. This helps many famous golfers stay with the tournament despite a poor performance in the second round. This includes Sergio Garcia (T46) and Brooks Koepka – who played 75 strokes in the second round and dropped to T51.
CJ Cup was first held in 2017, during the globalization of the PGA Tour. This year, the award opens for the series of three consecutive events of this system in Asia. The tournament on Jeju Island has a total prize money of 9.75 million USD.