Justin Thomas opened with five straight birdies, added a pair of eagles and shot an 11-under-par 61 Saturday. And he did all that where? Medinah Country Club of Illinois, where three U.S. Opens, two PGA Championships and a Ryder Cup have been played.
Thomas broke the course record by four strokes and leads the PGA Tour's BMW Championship by six strokes.
Thomas hit a 5-wood to 2 feet for an eagle on No. 10, holed out from 180 yards with an 8-iron on No. 16 and made eight birdies.
He was at 21-under 195, six shots clear of Tony Finau and Patrick Cantlay.
Rain overnight had left Medinah as vulnerable as 7,500-yard courses get.
"It doesn't matter what golf course it is," Thomas said. "You give us soft, good greens and soft fairways, we're going to tear it apart. It's just how it is."
U.S. Amateur final is set
• Andy Ogletree defeated 17-year-old Mississippian Cohen Trolio 3 and 1, advancing to the final of the U.S. Amateur in Pinehurst, N.C. His opponent in the 36-hole final will be John Augenstein, who beat William Holcomb V 3 and 2. Ogletree plays in college for Georgia Tech, Augenstein for Vanderbilt.
• Monday qualifier Doug Barron had a one-stroke lead in the PGA Tour Champions Dick's Sporting Goods Open in Endicott, N.Y., when lightning forced the suspension of play late in the second round. He was 10 under par through 14 holes.
Djokovic, Barty ousted
Upsets continued to mount at the Western & Southern Open in Mason, Ohio, taking out men's No. 1 Novak Djokovic and ending Ash Barty's hope to become the women's No. 1.
Djokovic fell 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 to Daniil Medvedev in the semifinals. Barty, who would have become No. 1 with a victory, lost to Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-4.
Eagles revive McCown
Josh McCown's retirement lasted two months, just long enough for the Philadelphia Eagles to realize they need him.
The Eagles signed the 40-year-old quarterback to a one-year deal, and he is coming out of retirement to join his 11th team and play his 17th season.
McCown provides insurance behind Carson Wentz, who was injured the past two seasons.
Chargers' James to have surgery
• San Diego All-Pro safety Derwin James will be sidelined deep into the regular season because of surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right foot.
• The New York Jets placed linebacker Avery Williamson on season-ending injured reserve. Williamson tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Thursday.
Saturday's preseason games
• Garrett Gilbert threw two touchdown passes in the first half, propelling Cleveland past host Indianapolis 21-18.
• Jarrett Stidham threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to Damoun Patterson with 4:12 left, rallying visiting New England to a 22-17 victory over Tennessee.
• Mason Rudolph guided a long first-half TD drive, starting host Pittsburgh toward a 17-7 victory over Kansas City.
• Deshaun Watson directed a 75-yard drive capped by a 4-yard touchdown pass in his lone series, helping Houston defeat visiting Detroit 30-23.
AROUND THE HORN
Auto racing: Josef Newgarden took the pole for the IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway when rain washed out qualifying and the field was set on points.
Basketball: De'Aaron Fox of the Sacramento Kings surprisingly withdrew from USA Basketball's national team, meaning the Americans have 13 candidates for the 12-man World Cup roster.