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Back-to-back 63s has long shot eyeing PGA Tour victory

Weekend Preview – PGA Tour – Humana Challenge – Host Course- PGA West – La Quinta, California –

Patrick Reed’s back-to-back 9-under-63s are different layouts at the Humana Challenge has the 23-year-old eyeing a second PGA Tour victory.

Reed, No. 69 in the Official World Golf Ranking, takes a two-shot lead into the weekend in the California desert near Palm Springs. He entered the week as a 100-to-1 long shot at Ladbrokes.com, but looks comfortable on top with 36 holes to play.

His closest pursuer is Brendon Todd, who fired a 63at the PGA West Palmer Private layout Friday. Todd is bogey-free through two rounds, but only has one career PGA Tour Top 10 on his resume. He did win twice on the Web.com Tour including a victory last year.

Reed’s biggest threat might be the layouts. Low scores are expected throughout the weekend creating a putting contest.

Ryan Palmer, at 15-under, and Charley Hoffman (4th place at 14-under) are both proven champions and tour veterans. Eight players are positioned at 11-under and need to make a Saturday run to have a shot on Sunday including Zach Johnson, Harris English and Justin Leonard – a long-time participant at this event.

The cut comes after Saturday’s round as there are three courses in the rotation including La Quinta Country Club and Nicklaus Private. Famed PGA West (Palmer) hosts the final round action.

Other Golf News:

  • Former PGA Championship winner Keegan Bradley aced the third hole on the PGA West Nicklaus Private layout in round two of the Humana Challenge. Bradley is T-22 heading into the weekend.
  • World No. 5 Phil Mickelson made a run in the third round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in Dubai Saturday. Mickelson, eight off the lead heading into the round, fired a 31-32 to take the clubhouse lead at 10-under overall before the overnight leaders teed off.
  • Webb Simpson, a co-betting favorite with Zach Johnson at 12-1 at the Humana, sits T-74 after two rounds.
  • Rocco Mediate (9-under) leads the Champions Tour 2014 debut at the Mitsubishi Electric Championships in Kona, Hawaii after one round. Charles Schwab Cup favorites Fred Couples, Bernhard Langer and Tom Lehman are all within three shots of Rocco’s lead.