WATCH: Thomas conjures up great escape in Austin

Justin Thomas made a strong early claim for shot of the tournament with an astonishing escape at the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play on Wednesday.

The 2017 US PGA champion found himself in a horrible mess on the ninth hole at the Austin Country Club on day one after his approach shot landed deep in shrubbery on a slope just behind a wall.

Thomas conjured up a miraculous recovery, chipping close to the pin and sinking a par putt to maintain his three-hole advantage over fellow American Luke List.

List may have come to the conclusion it his not his day after breaking his putter at the first, leaving him to rely on a sand wedge on the greens for the rest of his round.

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