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Reed Holds on, Wins Humana; Summerhays Finishes 58th
LA QUINTA, Calif. — Patrick Reed found his putting touch right when things started to getting interesting in the final round of the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation.
After shooting three straight 9-under 63s to open a seven-stroke lead, Reed had a 1-under 71 on Sunday at PGA West’s to beat Ryan Palmer by two strokes.
Daniel Summerhays, who shot an opening round 64 and was just one shot off the lead at that point, finished in a tie for 58th place. His card was 64-69-73-69-275.
The 23-year-old Reed has two victories in his first 46 PGA TOUR starts, winning the Wyndham Championship in August. He moved up nearly 100 spots to land in the No. 8 spot in the FedExCup standings. Reed was also projected to jump from 73rd to 42nd in the Official World Golf Ranking, enough to lock up a spot next month in the 64-man World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship field.
Zach Johnson and Justin Leonard tied for third at 25 under. Johnson birdied the final five holes for a 62, the best round of the week.
On Saturday, Reed broke the PGA TOUR record for relation to par for the first 54 holes, finishing at 27 under. He also became the first player in TOUR history to open with three rounds of 63 or better. On Sunday, he became the second player in the event to lead wire-to-wire, joining 1977 winner Rik Massengale.
Reed’s wife, Justine, is pregnant with their first child, forcing her to turn over caddy duties to her brother, Kessler Karain. She has walked every hole this year and plans to caddie again after the baby arrives around Memorial Day.
“I can’t wait to be a dad and have a little girl running around at the golf course and whenever I come home have her run up, hanging out with dad,” Reed said.
After helping Augusta State win NCAA titles in 2010 and 2011, Reed drew attention in 2012 when he successfully Monday-qualified for six events. He earned his TOUR card in December 2012, surviving six rounds of Q-school at PGA West.
“We have worked so hard at it,” Reed said. “Especially, with my wife and I, how hard we have worked the past two years, through Q-School, through the Monday qualifiers, and through here to get two wins in less than half a year.”
Saturday, January 18, 2014 Reed Shoots Third Straight 63 for 54-Hole PGA Tour Record, Summerhays Skids to 64th
Patrick Reed shot a third consecutive 63 on Saturday at the Humana Challenge which is a record for the lowest 54-hole score in relation to par on the PGA Tour. The tournament is being played at three courses in Palm Springs, PGA West Nicklaus, PGA West Palmer, and La Quinta Country Club. Reed has a seven-shot lead over Brendon Todd and former Humana champion Charley Hoffman. Reed had eight birdies, one eagle and one bogey Saturday. Through 54 holes, he has 25 birdies, two eagles and two bogeys. Daniel Summerhays was only one shot back of Reed after the first round, and his second round of 68 kept him in the top ten, but he slipped to a one over par 73 in the third round and that dropped him to 64th place going into the final round.
Friday, January 17, 2014 Summerhays Slips, But Still Stands in Top Ten at Humana
Daniel Summerhays shot a second round 69 at the Humana Challenge and although he slipped from his second place perch he still stands in the top ten after the second round. He posted two round totals of 64-69-133 and is seven shots behind leader Patrick Reed who has fired back-to-back 63s.
Mike Weir is also playing in the tournament and is in 116th place with rounds of 73-69-142.
The tournament is a pro-am format and the cut comes after 54 holes rather than the traditional 36 hole cut line.
Thursday, January 16, 2014 Summerhays Shoots 64 at Humana Challenge, Trails by One
By Sean Mean, PGA Tour
LA QUINTA, Calif. — Patrick Reed shot a bogey-free 63 on Thursday at PGA West’s Palmer Private Course to take a one-shot lead at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation. “I felt like there were some things I could have improved on, but at the same time whenever you tap in for par on the last hole and shoot 63, you’re pretty happy,” Reed said. Ryan Palmer, Justin Hicks, Daniel Summerhays and former Humana champion Charley Hoffman are all tied for second place. Summerhays bogeyed the 17th hole or he would have been tied for the first round lead. He had nine birdies and that one bogey. Reed won his first PGA TOUR title at the Wyndham Championship, the final event before the 2013 FedExCup Playoffs, but has gotten off to a slow start in the 2013-14 season. He missed the cut at the season-opening Frys.com Open, then withdrew from the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open with a wrist injury. He also finished 40th at the CIMB Classic and 16th at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions. Reed’s 63 matched his career-low round on the PGA TOUR. His wife, Justine, wasn’t on the bag, as she was for the 2013 season. She watched from outside the ropes as she is pregnant with the couple’s first child; she is due to give birth to a baby girl on Memorial Day. Justine’s brother, Kessler, replaced her on the bag. A good finish here could help Reed get into his first World Golf Championship. He is No. 69 in the Official World Golf Ranking. The top 64 available players in the OWGR on Feb. 10 qualify for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship.