Nicholas Thompson's first PGA TOUR victory is well within reach after a 4-under-par 34-32=66 in the third round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic boosts him to 8-under 202.
Thompson erased a couple of early birdies with a bogey at the par-4 fifth hole. After a string of nine pars, he would convert a 6'6" birdie at the par-4 15th and hole a 13-yard bunker shot for eagle at the par-5 16th. He had a putt from 7'9" on the 18th to take it one deeper and swipe control of the clubhouse lead away from Patrick Reed, but failed to convert. The ball-striking was on point, with 14 GIR giving way to a 1.643 putting average. He did give back almost a full stroke to the field with the putter.