Tour Championship: Justin Thomas eagles 18 to share Round 2 lead

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Dufner was the last player to make it into the Tour Championship field, but he is just two shots back of the three co-leaders heading into the weekend.

Justin Thomas eagled the par-five 18th hole to grab a share of the lead at the halfway mark of the Tour Championship in Atlanta on Friday.

But expect a wild day, as 14 players are within three shots of the lead, including Patrick Reed (-6), Jon Rahm (-6) and Jason Day (-4).

Unable to make many putts, the reigning PGA Championship victor played his next 11 holes in even par and reached the 18th tee two shots off the lead.

Kyle Stanley of the United States plays his shot from the eighth tee during the first round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf ClubJordan Spieth of the United States plays a shot from a bunker on the ninth hole in Atlanta, Georgia.

"My shoulder was really sore yesterday and just couldn't hit the driver so I was hitting 3-woods all day", he said.

Things were even worse for Marc Leishman who compounded a hard day yesterday with another over par score Friday to be nine shots back heading to the weekend.

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"I've got to focus just on this tournament and if the FedEx Cup goes my way then great, but some other guys have a say in that one". "If I can get it within three, I would be happy".

Simpson and Casey both shot 67, with a double bogey at the 13th hole after a poor drive taking the wind out of Simpson's sails.

World No. 1 Dustin Johnson carded a 69, and is tied with Spieth. Rahm made eagle on the par-5 sixth, and he almost ended his round with another eagle.

"The World Tour - it's going to happen one day and I think it has to", said the Northern Irishman.

"I don't have too good of a game plan for this golf course seeing it for the first time", Stanley said.

Casey seems to have done everything but win the last three years, with six top-5 finishes in the last eight FedEx Cup playoff events.

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