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You Oughta Know: Humana Challenge

Scott Stallings and Lee Trevino
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LA QUINTA, Calif. – Here is what You Oughta Know heading into the final round of the Humana Challenge:

Scott Stallings’ five-shot lead over five players ties the tournament record (when the event is 72 holes). But a word of caution: Last year, seven players rallied from six or more strokes back in the final round to win.

• Stallings is the only player in the field without a bogey through 54 holes. If he can maintain that tidy form through Sunday, he would become the first player since Lee Trevino in 1974 to win a 72-hole tournament without dropping a shot.

• A victory Sunday by Stallings would mean that the first three winners on the 2013 PGA Tour were all in their 20s. The last time that happened: 1977 (Jerry Pate, Bruce Lietzke, Tom Watson).

• Of the five players in a tie for second, Stewart Cink might be the most desperate for a high finish. He hasn’t won a Tour event since the 2009 British Open. That was also his last top-5 finish.

•  Charles Howell III, among the players at T-2, has not shot a round over 67 this season. He went 66-64-67-66 last week at the Sony Open en route to a T-3 finish. Here, he has fired rounds of 67-65-67.

• Second-year Tour player Roberto Castro, whose best career finish is a T-5 at the Puerto Rico Open, is aiming to become the eighth first-time Tour winner at the Humana Challenge, and the fifth in the last seven years.

• Coming off a T-5 last week at the Sony Open, Brian Stuard (currently T-7) played his way into contention Sunday with a 10-under 62 on the Nicklaus Course. But it could have been better. Needing a birdie-birdie finish to shoot 59, Stuard missed a 10-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole, then yanked his approach on the final hole and wound up making bogey. Nonetheless, his 62 was the low round of the week.

Russell Henley’s magical run finally came to an end Saturday. Though the Sony Open winner made the cut, he fell out of contention with a 1-under 71 that has him at T-43 heading into Sunday’s finale.

• The cut line fell at 10-under 206. Among those who won’t be around for the final round: Scott Langley (207), Webb Simpson (208), defending champion Mark Wilson (209) and 2011 winner Jhonattan Vegas (210).