The purple patch continued for Justin Thomas on Thursday at the CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES as he stormed to a three-shot lead with an ‘unconscious’ opening round of 63.

The FedExCup champion went out in an electric 29, that included an opening bogey, and came back in 34 to ensure a healthy gap between him and those in second.

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Thomas – ranked fourth in the world – has two wins, a runner-up and four top 10 finishes in his last six starts and has put himself in a great position to add to that in South Korea, even if he’s not too sure how he got there.

“It was kind of a weird day,” Thomas told Golf Channel.

“It started off with a really bad bogey and I had a seven hole stretch where I kind of went unconscious,” he added.

“That was pretty much most my round.”

World top 25ers Marc Leishman and Patrick Reed are amongst those closest to Thomas in second, but with the American’s success in Asia given his back-to-back CIMB Classic wins it seems an uphill struggle for anyone looking to catch him.

Despite a 2016-17 season that crowned Thomas FedExCup champion and PGA TOUR Player of the Year and saw him win five titles included his first major (the PGA Championship), he is insistent there is room for improvement as he defends his season title this time out.

“In terms of my game [I want to improve], definitely consistency.

“Obviously I would take last year every single year of my career.

“I was pretty upset and disappointed with how many cuts I missed and when I wasn’t in contention how I felt like I was out the tournament,” Thomas lamented.

“I want more top 10s and more top 20s when I’m not playing well instead of weekends off or finishing before the leaders tee off on Sunday.”

Thomas will look to extend the gap atop the leaderboard when he tees of his second round alongside last week’s winner Pat Perez and Sangmoon Bae at 09:30 local time on Friday.

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