Day three at the Humana Challenge ended with a new leader at the top of the board and little doubt of who is in control going onto the final round of golf on Sunday. Scott Stallings shot a third round 63 to finish Saturday -22 under par for the tournament. Stallings played a bogey free third round and added five birdies and two eagles on the PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Course.
Roberto Castro, who was among the leader’s the first two rounds of the tournament, struggled on the back nine with bogeys on the par four 10th hole and par three 12th hole. Castro did birdie the par five at the 11th but finished one over on the back nine and shot a -3 under 69 for the round. Castro now sits five strokes back amongst a log jam of golfers who will end up chasing Stallings for a shot at victory. Those tied with Castro at -17 under par for the tournament are Stewart Cink, Charles Howell III, John Rollins and Charley Hoffman.
The cut line for the low 70 plus ties ended being those at -10 under par and lower for the tournament. All three players mentioned yesterday that were fighting the cut Jeff Maggert, Russell Henley and Phil Mickelson all ended up making it to the final round. A few notables who did make it to Sunday include 2012 Ryder Cup captain Davis Love III, last year’s Humana Champion Mark Wilson and Canadian Mike Weir, who was unable to overcome a second round 75 and missed the cut by three strokes.
There was also some excitement created by Brian Stuard, who looked like he had a real shot at shooting a round under 60. Stuard made the turn at -5 under par and then birdied four of the first five holes on the back nine. Stuard was -9 under par after 14 holes and would have needed to finish the last four holes at -4 under par to break 60. Stuard made par on the par 4, 15th hole and eagled the par 5 at 16. The par on 17 was a dagger and Stuard finished the amazing third round 62 with a bogey on 18. This tournament, when it was the Bob Hope Classic, hosted one of five PGA Tour rounds to break 60 when David Duval shot a 59 in 1999.
It appears the tournament is Stallings’ to lose, however, we also know anything can happen on Sundays.