If anyone expected Patrick Reed to cool off Saturday at the Humana Challenge, they left the course sorely disappointed. Here's how things look heading into the final round in Palm Springs, where the 23-year-old holds a commanding advantage and shows no signs of slowing down:
Leaderboard: Patrick Reed (-27), Brendon Todd (-20), Charley Hoffman (-20), James Driscoll (-19), Justin Leonard (-18), Bill Haas (-18), Ryan Palmer (-17), Matt Jones (-17), Brian Stuard (-17), Will MacKenzie (-17)
What it means: Another day, another 63 for Reed, who shot the score for the third straight day and broke the PGA Tour's 54-hole scoring mark in the process. A winner last year at the Wyndham Championship, Reed appears to be in a zone that most golfers can only dream about, with a second PGA Tour trophy likely waiting for him at the conclusion of Sunday's round.
Round of the day: For the third consecutive day, no one went lower than Reed, whose 63 Saturday came at the Nicklaus Private course. The former Augusta State standout birdied three of his first five and made the turn in 5-under 31, capping his round with three birdies across his final four holes to move one step closer to earning the title of "Mr. 63." Reed has now made as many eagles as bogeys this week (two each) and increased his lead to seven shots heading into Sunday's finale.
Best of the rest: A winner here in 2007, Hoffman started slowly at the Palmer Private course but ended with a flurry. The 37-year-old stood on the 13th tee just 1 under on his round, but notched birdies on three of his next four holes before hitting his approach to the par-5 18th within five feet for an easy eagle. The surge helped Hoffman reach 20 under, tied with Todd and in great position to win the event on Sunday were it not for Reed's dominant play thus far.
Biggest disappointment: Daniel Summerhays began the day inside the top 10, but after struggling throughout his round at La Quinta he watched as more than a quarter of the field passed him by. While most players were deep in the 60s, Summerhays carded a 1-over 73 in the third round to drop to 10 under for the week. His hopes of a win are fully extinguished, as are realistic chances for a significant payday, as he now sits 17 shots off the pace with more than 50 names above his in the standings.
Main storyline heading into Sunday: The final round in the desert will essentially serve as a coronation for Reed. While Scott Stallings carried a five-shot lead into the final round here a year ago and came up empty, Reed is showing no indications that he is mortal, let alone willing to cede any of his current seven-shot edge. His challenge Sunday will be both to finish off his second career PGA Tour win and to challenge the Tour's 72-hole scoring record, which is now remarkably within reach.
Quote of the day: "To me, it feels like a Monday. It’s an 18-hole shootout and we’re all starting at even par. I plan on going out and trying to beat the whole field tomorrow, and make my lead not only bigger, but also try to get that 62." - Reed, describing his outlook on Sunday's final round.