You Oughta Know: Humana Challenge


Through three rounds in the California desert, Patrick Reed appears to be playing a game with which the rest of the field is unfamiliar. Here's what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the Humana Challenge, where Reed leads by seven shots after three straight rounds of 63:

• At 27 under through three rounds, Reed now holds the PGA Tour record for lowest 54-hole score in relation to par. The previous mark was 25 under and held by several players, most recently by Steve Stricker at the 2010 John Deere Classic.

• After three ultra-low rounds, the Tour's 72-hole scoring mark is now within reach for Reed. He needs a 64 or lower Sunday at the Palmer Private to break the existing aggregate score of 254, set by Tommy Armour III at the 2003 Valero Texas Open, and needs "only" a 65 to reach 34 under and eclipse Stricker's mark of 33 under at TPC Silvis in 2010.

• A winner last August at the Wyndham Championship, Reed is in position to hoist his second trophy at the ripe age of 23. Should he seal the deal on Sunday, the former NCAA champion will become just the third player currently 25 years or younger with two PGA Tour wins to his credit, joining Rory McIlroy (2011 U.S. Open, 2012 PGA Championship) and Harris English (2013 FedEx St. Jude Classic, 2013 OHL Classic at Mayakoba).

• Seven-shot leads through 54 holes are a rare thing on the PGA Tour, and Reed's is just the second instance since McIlroy took an eight-shot lead into the final round at Congressional in 2011. The other instance came last August when world No. 1 Tiger Woods led the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational by seven and maintained that edge during the final round.

• Should Reed fail to win - a notion that seems entirely unlikely at this point - he would make PGA Tour history in another way. The largest blown lead through 54 holes in Tour history is six shots, most recently by Spencer Levin at the 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open, and Reed will carry a seven-shot cushion into the final round. There is, however, somewhat of a precedent: last year, Scott Stallings led by five shots through 54 holes in Palm Springs but ultimately tied for fourth, one shot out of a playoff won by Brian Gay.

• While Reed appears destined for a win, a pair of former Humana champions are in position for solid paydays Sunday in the desert. Charley Hoffman won the Humana in 2007 and will begin the final round at 20 under, tied for second, while 2010 winner Bill Haas sits two shots further back in a tie for fifth. Haas is in search of his first top-10 finish this season, while Hoffman began his season with a fourth-place showing at the Open.

• Two players enter the final round in Palm Springs with the opportunity to notch notably high finishes, even if winning is likely out of the equation. Brendon Todd has only one career top-10 finish on the PGA Tour (T-9, 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am) but will start Sunday in a tie for second alongside Hoffman. Meanwhile, James Driscoll played his way into contention with a 66 Saturday and looks for just his second top-10 finish since last year's Tour stop at Pebble Beach.