Thomas jumps into three-way tie for lead at Tour Championship

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Simpson was three shots ahead after completing his first 12 holes, but then a double bogey on the 13th left him with a 67 - the same score as Casey, who registered back-to-back bogeys on 12 and 13.

"I haven't been home to see the baby yet, but that is something to look forward to".

Although Justin Thomas still needs two more solid rounds at the Tour Championship to put the finishing touches on what has already been a career season, his second-round 66 moved him into a share of the lead with Paul Casey and Webb Simpson.

Jordan Spieth of the United States plays a shot from a bunker on the ninth hole in Atlanta Georgia
Jordan Spieth of the United States plays a shot from a bunker on the ninth hole in Atlanta Georgia

Taking just two of his clubs - his sand and lob wedges - he walked nine holes hitting different shots around the greens. "I had some good putts that I don t know how they didn t go in". He finished sixth in the tournament a year ago.

His only victory on American soil came at the 2009 Houston Open, and it has been a similar story in Europe over the past three years.

McIlroy's comments are likely to irritate Keith Pelley, the chief executive of the European Tour, who may meet McIlroy next week at the British Masters in Newcastle. Since then he has claimed 15 top five finishes - three more than any other "win-less" player has managed in the same period. "But there's obviously a lot of things that could happen, there are other players that are pushing for it just as hard as I am".

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"I played well really, really well today and that up-and-down birdie kind of makes me feel as though it was a good day's work", he said.

He is joined by world number one Dustin Johnson, who is his closest challenger for the FedEx Cup crown and its $10million bonus, and fellow contender, Spain's Jon Rahm.

Jhonattan Vegas selected an iron for his tee shot on the 456-yard, par-4 eighth hole.

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