Jovial Justin Thomas quiets Ryder Cup haters, skies near the top of Fortinet Championship

Justin Thomas looked like a completely different golfer on Friday at the Fortinet Championship. After a first-round full of blunders and struggling to find the fairways, Thomas turned it around to card a 5-under 67 to sit on the first page of the leaderboard.

He incredibly hit 17-of-18 greens in regulation, was No. 2 in strokes gained off the tee and No. 5 in strokes gained approach. The two-time PGA Championship winner also led the field in driving distance at 340 yards.

Those numbers are much improved from Thursday where he hit just 3-of-14 fairways and was No. 71 in driving distance at 301.5 yards.

“I was

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