Thomas finds 59 reasons for three-shot lead at Waialae

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The long-hitting American took advantage of ideal scoring conditions at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu as he became the seventh, and youngest, player to break 60 on the PGA Tour after he also racked up eight birdies and a lone bogey.

Thomas could have gone even lower as he narrowly missed birdie putts on the fifth and seventh holes, but he closed in style at the par-five ninth, where he hit a five-iron from a fairway bunker to 15 feet and coolly sank the eagle putt.

"It means a lot," the 23-year-old from Kentucky, who is seeking a third PGA Tour win in his last four starts, told Golf Channel after forging three shots ahead of fellow American Hudson Swafford and four clear of South African Rory Sabbatini.

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