There’s crazy scoring, there’s record-breaking scoring, then there’s what Patrick Reed is working on at the Humana Challenge.
Reed opened the tournament with a flawless nine-birdie performance at the Palmer course at PGA West, he extended his lead at La Quinta Country Club on Friday. He actually made his first bogey of the tournament on the par-4 second, but eight birdies and a par-5 eagle helped him shoot his second consecutive round of 63, giving him a two-stroke cushion over Brendon Todd.
How big is what Reed could do this weekend? The record low score for the Humana Challenge is -36, set by Joe Durant in 2001. Of course, the tournament was still known as the Bob Hope Classic back then, and was played for five rounds, not four. Steve Stricker shot a four-round 255 in 2009, and Reed would beat that by three if he keeps up at this pace.
Part of the fun of this tournament is that the course conditions are so friendly, but this is more than any of us could have imagined. Reed, who won the Wyndham Championship back in August, realizes that there’s still plenty of work to do.
“It’s great to have that feeling that you can go out and shoot 63,” Reed said after the round. “And to actually do it two times in a row shows that what we have done during the offseason and what we’re doing now is working.
“The good thing is even though we’re playing great, I feel like there’s still room for improvement out there while I was playing. Today, I felt like there was three shots out there, yesterday, I thought there was one or two out there.”
So to recap, even in the midst of a ridiculous run of golf, Reed thinks he’s left as many as five shots out on the course. If this keeps up, the rest of this weekend is going to be a lot of fun to watch.