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THE GOG BLOG by RORY SPEARS, Director of Content and Creation. Follow Rory on Twitter @GogBlogGuy, Linkedin and Facebook. Justin Thomas is interviewed, after his 3rd Round 61, on Medinah #3.

IF THERE WAS any question about the course record on Medinah #3, there is not one anymore.

Because Justin Thomas simply crushed any record that stood, and he made it look so simple.

Besides the fact he shot an 11 under par 61, he now holds a six shot lead heading into Sundays final round.

So now unless Thomas stubs his toe, like Greg Norman did at Cog Hill one year. This championship is over. And the only remaining questions will be, who will finish second, who will finish third, and who will be going to East Lake next week for the Tour Championship.

There are several players fighting hard, trying to move into the top 30 on the points list to qualify. But some players look like their time is up, and so they will be at home next week, season over. And Tiger Woods is expected to be, one of those players

But one thing is now certain. Justin Thomas will play in Atlanta next week. Because the show Thomas put on Saturday at Medinah. Is nothing short of, one of the best rounds ever played on the PGA Tour.

61, yes 61. Besides the Medinah members standing around the bar asking, 61, what happened. The plain truth is that, when the games best players have great conditions. They can tear a tough course apart.

Thomas started off with birdies on holes 1,2,3,4,and 5. Maybe he should have shot 54. And it looked like he could have, after making an eagle on the par 5, 10th hole. And he wasn’t done. Thomas chipped in from the rough next to the par 5, 14th green for birdie. Need more. Okay, how about an 8-Iron from 179 yards on the par 4, 16th hole. And that was the club and distance, on his “eagle 2”, that 1-hopped into the cup.

So when partner Tony Finau holed an eagle on the fourth hole. Thomas had to be thinking, maybe I need one of those too. And two eagles is what he got. Besides the 11 birdies.

Click here, to hear the post round interview with Justin Thomas, who carded a Medinah Course #3 record 61.

Click here, and hear Tony Finau’s third round interview. As he describes watching the 61 shot by Thomas.

Because of a mid-day storm, play was delayed for 75 minutes. And with overnight storms expected on Saturday. Sunday’s final round is delayed until 10 AM.  So players will tee off in threesomes, between 10 Am and Noon. And will tee off both, 1 & 10 tees.

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About Rory Spears

Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.