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                === Reed remains on top at Humana Challenge ===
 La  Quinta, CA ( - Patrick Reed fired his second straight 9-
 under  63  on Friday to  maintain the lead following  two rounds of the Humana
 Reed,  who is seeking his second career win on the PGA Tour, finished 36 holes
 at 18-under-par 126. He played his second round at La Quinta Country Club, one
 of three courses in play during this pro-am event.
 "When  you go  over to La Quinta,  the fairways are much more narrow than they
 are here, so you're really focusing on small targets," Reed said.
 Brendon  Todd also shot  63 to vault into second place at 16-under, while Ryan
 Palmer (65) is alone in third at minus-15. Todd played his second round at PGA
 West's Arnold Palmer Private Course and Palmer joined Reed at La Quinta.
 Charley  Hoffman (66) owns  third at 14-under 130, one shot ahead of Bill Haas
 (66)  and  James Driscoll  (63). Hoffman  and Haas  played in the tournament's
 other course, PGA West's Jack Nicklaus Private Course.
 Charlie Beljan (64) is alone in seventh at 12-under.
 Two-time winner this season Zach Johnson (68), Matt Every (68), Will MacKenzie
 (66),  Justin  Leonard (67),  Matt Jones (67),  Daniel Summerhays (69), Harris
 English (66) and Brian Stuard (66) share eighth at 11-under.
 Every  was the first  to surpass Reed's overnight lead when he capped a run of
 four  straight birdies from the second with an 18-foot eagle putt at the sixth
 to jump into first place at 13-under.
 That  run also included lengthy putts from 15 feet at the third and 14 feet at
 the fourth.
 Summerhays  then made a move with back-to-back birdies at the second and third
 to  move into second place at 10-under before Reed, who had traded a birdie at
 the  first with a bogey at the second to remain at minus-9, birdied the fourth
 to join Summerhays.
 Summerhays made it three gains in a row with a short birdie putt at the fourth
 to  reclaim  sole possession of second  place, but Reed answered with a 5-foot
 eagle at the fifth to jump ahead at 12-under.
 Reed followed with a birdie at the sixth to meet Every atop the leaderboard.
 But  Every could not  hang on to his share of first place, as he 3-putted from
 six  feet for  a double-bogey 6 at the  10th to drop to 11-under and hand Reed
 sole possession of first.
 Reed  never lost the lead from there and opened up a 3-stroke advantage with a
 pair of birdies at the 10th and 12th, placing him at 15-under.
 Every,  Summerhays and  Todd shared second at 12-under at that point, and Todd
 pulled within a shot of Reed with back-to-back gains at the 11th and 12th.
 Todd had reached the turn at 12-under with an outward 31 that included birdies
 at Nos. 2, 3, 4, 6 and 7.
 Reed,  however, quickly pulled away from Todd with three straight birdies from
 the  15th to move  to 18-under before closing with a par at the last to finish
 "I  just got off to a good start hitting it, so I built confidence through the
 first two holes," said Reed. "When you start the day with a soft sand wedge to
 four feet ... you can just carry that momentum straight through."
 Todd would follow with birdies at the 14th and 18th to head into the clubhouse
 two strokes off the pace entering into the weekend.
 NOTES:  Reed's  18-under par total is  the lowest opening 36-hole score on the
 PGA  Tour since  Pat Perez was 20-under  at this event in 2009 ... Reed earned
 his  first PGA  Tour win  at  the Wyndham  Championship in  August ...  Keegan
 Bradley  recorded a  hole-in-one at the third.  It was his first career ace on
 the  PGA Tour ... Hoffman won this tournament in 2007 when the event was known
 as  the Bob  Hope  Chrysler Classic  ...  Johnson has  collected  wins at  the
 Northwestern  Mutual  World Challenge and  Hyundai Tournament of Champions ...
 Todd  is  the only player  in the  field without a  bogey during the first two
 01/17 19:48:29 ET

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