As Thomas cruised to a three-shot victory – his first since winning the PGA Championship in August – Leishman, who had held a share of the overnight lead, succumbed to five back-nine bogeys that saw him slip to third place.

 

Thomas’ fifth victory for the year was thanks in large part to his history-making third round at TPC Boston. The 23-year-old American signed for 12 threes – the most in a round in FedExCup Playoffs history. And despite having enjoyed as good a season as anyone, Thomas is still hungry for more.

 

“It’s obviously been a great year thus far, but it’s – you don’t want to say it’s nothing. But I have a great opportunity to finish this thing off and win the Cup,” said Thomas, who leapfrogs Dustin Johnson to move into second place in the FedExCup standings.

 

“I’m hungry, I’m ready, and I don’t like it when my friends beat me, I don’t like it when people beat me,” Thomas said. “So I’m putting in work to hopefully beat all of them.”

 

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Justin Thomas carded the most threes in FedExCup Playoff history during his third round. PHOTO: Getty Images

 

Meanwhile, Leishman has moved from 13th to seventh in the FedExCup standings, with two events to come. The big Victorian is ruing his back-nine performance, where he shot a five-over 40, but was happy with his overall result.

 

Marc Leishman shot 40 around his final back nine. PHOTO: Getty Images

 

“The back nine is a lot tougher but it’s not 10 shots tougher,” Leishman said. “I’m very disappointed. But you know, third, it could be a lot worse.

 

“I’ll take the positives out of this week. Obviously I’ve got a few things to work on. But I’m looking forward to getting back into contention again and trying to give it another go.”

 

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