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Humana Challenge

Tournament Preview

The gorgeous Palmer Private at PGA West hosts the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation beginning Thursday.

Defending champion Brian Gay set a pace in 2013 that will be hard to match. He posted a 263 last year, matching the tournament record held by David Lingmerth and Charles Howell III.

He'll join a field that includes Hyundai Tournament of Champions winner Zach Johnson and Top 10 player Brandt Snedeker, who won the FedEx Cup in 2012.

01/16/14, Thursday

On a day of low rounds, Patrick Reed was the man, and he has a one-stroke lead at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, California, to show for it on Thursday.

Reed shot a career-best round of 63 by ripping five straight birdies in the middle of the round. Starting on the back nine, he put up five straight birdies on No. 16-18 and then 1 and 2. He concluded his round with birdies on 6 and 7.

Reed leads the field despite the absence of his normal caddie, wide Justine, who is pregnant for with the couple's first child. In Justine's place, her brother Kessler is filling in.

01/17/14, Friday

When you're hot, you're hot, and Patrick Reed is positively on fire at the Humana Challenge in La Quinta, California, after three days.

Reed, just 23 years old, set a new PGA record for most shots under par after 54 holes, now 27-under thanks to his third straight 9-under 63 on Saturday.

The record was previously held jointly by Gay Brewer , Steve Stricker and Pat Perez and Eddie Els at 25-under.

Reed's remarkable achievements are overshadowing the efforts of Charley Hoffman and Brendon Todd, both tied for second at 20-under.

Hoffman's three-day sequence of 64-66-66 would be enough to run away with almost any tournament, but is only good for second place by seven strokes here.

With perfect weather and meticulous greens at Jack Nicklaus' private course, most of the field is tearing it up, with the cut set at 9-under and 84 players making that mark.

To put it in perspective, American Bryce Molder shot a 9-under 63 on Saturday to get to 12-under for the tournament. He is tied for 34th place with 11 other players with that score.

The tournament concludes on Sunday.

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