Phil Mickelson, seeking his first win in since 2013, shot his second 69 to reach 6 under. "And then I finally got that call, and it just kind of sunk in".
Steele had a big season past year.
On Friday, almost five months to the day since his champagne-soaked celebration in Texas, Daly achieved another major milestone: he made his first PGA Tour cut since 2015.
"I hit a lot of good shots, rolled and a lot of good putts and was able to watch Chesson go insane".
One of the few big names playing this week, Phil Mickelson, was a shot further back on 10-under par alongside Bill Haas (69), Tony Finau (71) and Andrew Putnam (69), after a 68. Still, not a bad finish for a guy in just his second career PGA Tour start. This is his 27th year on tour and he now has 103 top-3 finishes in his career.
Thomas writes down his goals, and he keeps them private until the season is over.
Sangmoon Bae carded a one-over 73 on his return to the PGA Tour after serving military service in his native South Korea, dropping four shots in a row but scoring birdies on the 12th and 18th. He missed that by one. Next week: CIMB Classic in Malaysia. This will definitely set up my season and hopefully springboard me into another really good year. It's something I've dreamed about for a long time. Ryder Cup points are available only at the World Golf Championship in Shanghai until next year. He also listed a half-dozen statistical goals involving putting, scrambling, scoring average and his consistency from tee-to-green.
Scot Martin Laird finished within the top 20 in joint 17th after an up-and-down performance, going round in 74 on the final day in Napa, California.
Such was the year that Thomas had a hard time pinpointing a single shot or moment.
For scoring, he thought about the 3-wood he hit from 310 yards to the elevated 18 green at Erin Hills to eight feet for an eagle and a 63. Yardage: 7,166. Par: 72. He was tempted to get impatient with the results, especially with Spieth doing so much so quickly.
"I'm not hitting it perfectly straight right now but (still) finding a way to get the job done right now", he said.