Reed pulls ahead by 7 at Humana Challenge
La Quinta, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Patrick Reed shot his third consecutive 9- under 63 on Saturday to stretch his lead up to seven entering the final round of the Humana Challenge.
Reed, whose three-day total of 27-under-par 189 broke the record for the lowest 54-hole score in relation to par in PGA Tour history, is seeking his second career win on the PGA Tour.
"It means a lot, but I'd rather set 72-hole records and year-end records," Reed said in a televised interview about setting the 54-hole record. "It's always good to have a 54-hole lead, especially with the one we have right now. We still have a lot of work to do and we have 18 holes tomorrow to get it done."
Charley Hoffman (66) and Brendon Todd (68) shared second place at 20-under 196.
Reed played at PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Private Course, Hoffman played at PGA West's Arnold Palmer Private Course and Todd competed at La Quinta Country Club, comprising the three courses in play during this pro-am event. Sunday's final round will be held entirely at the Arnold Palmer Private Course.
James Driscoll (66) is alone in fourth at 19-under, a shot ahead of Bill Haas (67) and Justin Leonard (65).
Reed entered the third round with a 2-stroke lead over Todd, and quickly added to his advantage with a birdie at the 10th, his first.
Reed rolled in another birdie effort at the 13th to move to 20-under, while Todd parred his first to remain at 16-under.
Reed made it two gains in a row at the 14th to extend his lead to five strokes.
An eagle at the 16th moved him to 23-under and gave him a 7-stroke lead at the turn, and that advantage remained the same after a birdie at the first, as Todd converted his birdie effort at the 17th to move to 17-under.
After a birdie at the fourth brought Reed to 25-under, he tripped to just his second bogey of the tournament at the fifth to fall back to minus-24.
Todd then birdied the fourth to move to 18-under and cut Reed's advantage to six, but Reed bounced back with a gain at the sixth to bring his lead back up to seven.
Reed and Todd traded birdies at the seventh and fifth, respectively, to keep it a 7-stroke difference before Todd made it three gains in a row at the sixth to move to 20-under.
Reed, meanwhile, followed a par at the eighth by sticking his approach to about five feet at the ninth and knocked in the birdie effort to finish at 27- under.
"To me it feels like a Monday, it's an 18-hole shootout and we all start at even par," Reed said about his mindset going into the final round. "I plan on going out and trying to beat the whole field tomorrow, and make my lead not only bigger, but try to get that 62. I've had three days where I've had a chance to get 62 and I keep walking away with 63."
Todd parred his final three holes to finish at 20-under, while Hoffman capped a late surge that included birdies at the 13th, 15th and 16th with a 5-foot eagle putt at the 18th to join Todd in second place.
NOTES: The previous 54-hole record was shared by Steve Stricker, Gay Brewer, Pat Perez and Ernie Els at 25-under ... Reed became the first player in PGA Tour history to post each of his three opening rounds at 63 or better ... Reed, who is 23 years, 5 months and 14 days old, is looking to become the second-youngest winner of Humana Challenge behind Jack Nicklaus (23 years, 13 days) ... Reed is also trying to join Rory McIlroy and Harris English as the only current players younger than 25 with multiple PGA Tour wins ... Todd has posted one career top-10 in 65 starts (2012 AT&T Pebble Beach). He has recorded three top-25s in five starts in 2013-14.
01/18 19:45:27 ET