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January 17, 2014

Reed leads Humana

LA QUINTA, Calif. — Patrick Reed went low in perfect scoring and weather conditions Thursday at the Humana Challenge. He wasn’t alone.

Reed ran off five straight birdies in the middle of his round on PGA West’s Arnold Palmer Private Course and finished with a bogey-free 9-under 63 to tie his career low.

“The course is in perfect shape,” said Reed, the Wyndham Championship winner in August. “The rough isn’t very high, the fairways are perfect and the greens are rolling very true. That’s the main thing to being successful out here is with how great the conditions are, that if you’re hitting putts on line, they’re going to go in, no matter what.”

Ryan Palmer, Justin Hicks, Daniel Summerhays and Charley Hoffman shot 64.

Reed started on the back nine and birdied Nos. 16-18 and 1-2 to get to 7-under. He added birdies on Nos. 6 and 7.

“I started out a little struggling with the driver, had some lefts in it, but luckily I missed it in the right spots,” Reed said. “I was really confident with my irons, kept hitting greens and all of a sudden, 10-, 12-, 15-, 20-foot putts started going in.”

With wife Justine pregnant with their first child, her brother, Kessler Karain, is subbing as Reed’s caddie. Justine has walked every hole with her husband this year and plans to rejoin him inside the ropes after the baby girl arrives. The due date is Memorial Day.

“We can’t wait for that,” Reed said. “I’m excited to be a dad.”

Palmer birdied his final six holes and nine of his last 12 on the Palmer course, the site of the final round Sunday.

“I wasn’t making a whole lot of long putts, just hitting it close,” Moore said.

Hicks had an eagle, seven birdies and a bogey on the Jack Nicklaus Private Course.

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