Justin Thomas, hunting his third PGA tour victory, seized a two shot lead after the third round of the SBS tournament of champions in Hawaii, but has the game’s hottest player, Japan’s Hideki Matsuyama, in close pursuit.co- leader overnight with fellow American Ryan Moore, the long hitting Thomas eagled the par-four 14th and finished in style with a birdie at the last, where he two-putted from just short of the green, for a six-under 67 and an 18-under total of 201.

Thomas is seeking his first PGA tour title on U.S. Soil after claiming his first two wins at the Cimb classic in Malaysia but will have to contend with Matsuyama in final round at the Kapalua resort on the island of Maui. Matsuyama, who has four victories in his last five starts worldwide, was alone in second place in the elite 32-man, winners-only field after firing a superb 66 that included five birdies in the last nine holes.

One factor in Thomas’ favour is that he is the only player to have beaten Matsuyama during his sizzling run of form, having triumphed by three strokes over the world number six at the Cimb classic in October.