Workday Charity Open 2020: Justin Thomas Leads Viktor Hovland After Round 3

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorJuly 12, 2020

DUBLIN, OHIO - JULY 11: Justin Thomas of the United States plays his shot from the 18th tee during the third round of the Workday Charity Open on July 11, 2020 at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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A duel between Justin Thomas and Viktor Hovland took place Saturday at the Workday Charity Open, and the two players will now take part in the final Sunday group after they each shot six under 66 on moving day.

Thomas is in the lead at 16 under overall, but Hovland is only two shots back.

Collin Morikawa, who led the tournament after Friday thanks to a 13-under score, stayed at that mark and now resides in third. Sam Burns and Kevin Streelman round out the top five at 11 under.

Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio, has been the host to some tremendous golf this week, with Thomas and Hovland notably dominating the Jack Nicklaus-founded course.

Hovland's short game was on-point, most notably when he nearly holed out from 42 feet, six inches on the par-five fifth:

Oddly enough, Thomas found himself in a similar situation on the same hole and pulled off a tap-in birdie after this 52-foot, five-inch chip from the rough.

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Back to Hovland, the ex-Oklahoma State star showcased his incredible strength and versatility as well when he found the green on the par-four 14th:

Remarkably, Hovland finds itself in second despite gaining just .933 strokes putting this week, per PGATour.com. If he gets hot with the flat stick Sunday, then he could easily run away from the field.

At the very least, his short game is setting him up for success on the greens, with these two shots on No. 15 and No. 17 as examples:

Thomas should be tough to take down, though. His scrambling has been phenomenal all week, to the point where he is now 12-of-12, per the PGA Tour.

The 2017 PGA Championship winner dug this one out of the sand on No. 7:

His effort from the rough on No. 11 wasn't on-point, but it didn't matter as the flat stick saved him from 18 feet out:

For good measure, he put on a short-game clinic on the next hole as well:

Thomas fired darts everywhere he found himself, even when his ball found a fairway divot:

Other times, he used his power to smash the ball onto the green, with this 253-yard effort on the par-five 15th leading to a birdie:

Outside Hovland and Thomas, the highlight of the day came from Phil Mickelson.

The 50-year-old didn't enjoy a good round of golf with a two-over to drop to even-par, but he dropped this 364-yard bomb on the 13th to set up an easy pitch that nearly fell for an eagle:

Thomas, Hovland, Mickelson and the rest of the 67-player field that made the cut will be back Sunday to finish the Workday Charity Open.

Players will go out in threes, with Thomas, Hovland and Morikawa teeing off at 9:01 a.m. ET. Rain and a potential thunderstorm are in the forecast for Sunday afternoon, prompting the change.

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